International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is proud to be participating at AGRIFUTURE CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION 2019 from 2-3 December 2019 at True Digital Park in Bangkok, Thailand.

As the high growth countries in Asia shift towards more mechanization and automation, tremendous opportunities exist in the region for agricultural technology. Join us to discuss the latest advancements and hear from international experts on the wealth of opportunities ahead.

IRRI Conference Program on Monday, December 2nd at Auditorium Room, True Digital Park, Bangkok

Dr. Jean Balié is the Head of the Agri-food Policy Department at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). He leads a team of sixty-five scientists that promotes agri-food policy reforms to support the transformation of rice-based economies. His field work experience extends to sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. His areas of expertise relate to agricultural and food policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, public expenditure and price analysis, and international multilateral negotiations in agriculture. He worked during 17 years on these topics for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations where he led the Monitoring and Analysis Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) program. Previously, he held positions as civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture and one decentralized regional Government of France. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics form the University of Göttingen, a MSc in agricultural economics (Montpellier) and an Ingenieur agronome diploma (Toulouse).

Martin Gummert is leading IRRI’s Mechanization and Postharvest Cluster and is coordinating the Postharvest Activity and the Value Chain Support Services Clusters of the Flagship Program 2, upgrading of Rice Value Chains of the CGIAR Research Program RICE. He is also leading the SDC funded Closing the Yield Gaps in Asia COPIGAP and postharvest and mechanization components of World Bank funded project in Myanmar, Burundi and India. He has a rich experience in providing consulting services to public and private stakeholders. His ambition is to contribute to sustainable rice production and to make farming in developing countries a viable career option for young people through scaling out state of the art technologies and management options.

Morning Session 1: New Ag-Business Opportunities
10:20 AM Food System Transformation and Implications for Agricultural Markets and Policies

Dr. Jean Balié, Head, Agri-food Policy Platform, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

10:40 AM Value chain upgrading from harvesting to markets for sustainable rice production

Mr. Martin Gummert, Senior Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Afternoon Session 3: Laser Levelling in Rice Production
13:00 PM Round Table: Laser Levelling in Thailand – moderated by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Rice Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Thailand

Visit an experienced modern farm on Tuesday December 3rd at Ban Bueng District, Chon Buri Province

Video Preview of Progressive Farm

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1-day international conference and accompanying mini-exhibition

1-night accommodation at the new Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel

Access to networking sessions during the day and evening

Breakfast – Lunch – Coffee Breaks

Transportation to visit KUBOTA Farm at Ban Bueng District, Chon Buri Province