DAP to conduct Asian food and agribusiness conference

The Development Academy of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Asian Productivity Organization, will conduct a three-day international conference called “Asian Food and Agribusiness Conference: Enhancing Exports of Organic Products” this September 13-15 at the DAP Conference Center in Tagaytay City.

The conference, expected to be attended by participants from the APO’s 14 member countries namely: Cambodia, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Fiji, and Philippines. The conference aims to provide a platform for leaders of the organic agrifood sector to discuss emerging trends as well as issues and challenges affecting the productivity and sustainability of Asian organic agrifood small- and medium-scale enterprises.

The conference will be graced by the country’s key movers in the development of the agriculture sector from both legislative branches of government led by Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food; Congressman Jose T. Panganiban Jr., Chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food of the House of Representatives; and, Ms. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Undersecretary for Agribusiness and Marketing and Regional Engagement of the Department of Agriculture, as the lead agency for the promotion of organic agriculture in the country.

It also seeks to bring together key stakeholders in the said sector, share successful models of SMEs in organic farming and marketing and exporting organic products as well as enhance understanding of export opportunities for agribusiness and food industry SMEs while strengthening them for promoting inclusive growth in their countries.

International cast

Scheduled to serve as resource persons in the conference is an international cast that includes Mr. Andre Leu, President of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) – Australia; Harrace Hok Chung Lau, Director of Asia Pacific eOneNet Limited of Hong Kong; Ms. Chayaa Nanjappa, founder of the Nectar Fresh, Pure Honey and Food Products of Karnataka, India; Sakoto Miyoshi, representative of Global Organic Textile Standard of Japan; Dr. Zhou Zejiang, senior adviser to the Organic Food Development Center under the Ministry of Environmental Protection in China; Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Hossain, program officer of the APO. Equally competent resource speakers from the Philippines include Mr. Patrick B. Belisario, Chairperson of the Organic Producer Trade Association and Vice-President of the IFOAM-Asia; Ms. Cherrie De Erit Atilano, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AGREA Philippines; and others who will share good practices in farming, marketing and promotions of agrifood products.

Representatives from national and local government offices, members of the academe, state universities and colleges, and employees of agribusinesses and other agricultural enterprises are expected to join the conference.

Conference topics

Among the topics to be discussed during the first two days, which will be capped on the third day by the participants’ visit to an SME site, are emerging global and regional trends, opportunities and challenges in organic agriculture and the food industry; key regulations governing the entry of organic food products in major markets such as the US, Japan and Europe; development of business intelligence, certification system, and other support programs for organic exporters; digital technology for developing smart organic product value chains; and successful models of organic agribusiness and food industry SMEs.

Interested parties may check facebook.com/dap.edu.ph, or e-mail the organizers at flaminianoj@dap.edu.ph and eparwac@dap.edu.ph, or call (+632) 631-21-37.

Cultivate Profit at the 4th Farm Tourism Conference

4th farm tourism conference

Perhaps you have a working farm that is ripe for a Farm Tourism Site to diversify your income. Or maybe you have an unproductive land that can be developed. Either way, Farm Tourism is an exciting venture which you can easily adapt. It also provides employment for local communities, thus a vehicle for empowerment both socially and economically. And with the growing interest in healthy lifestyle, locally grown produce and low-impact travel, it’s no wonder that farm tourism is here to stay.

Learn all these and more at the coming 4th Farm Tourism Conference on July 14-17, 2016 to be held at Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay City. This is also held in celebration of 2016 International Year of Pulses.

Some exciting activities lined-up are as follows:

Conference Proper

Learn and share best practices in the farm tourism industry from the experts in the field. Our international and local guest speakers will be presenting a range of topics relevant to both aspiring and operational farm tourism owners. The conference will also include:

  • In-depth discussion and Q&A with the team behind the newly-signed RA 10816, also known as the “Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016
  • UN FAO’s International Year of Pulses
  • Honeybee propagation and mushroom farming
  • Break-out sessions with a panel experts on (1) marketing and promotions of farm tourism destinations, (2) basic layout of farm tourism destinations, and (3) how to create farm tourism packages
Farm Tourism Exhibit

Plan your next vacation at a farm! Choose from the growing community of farm tourism operators from all over the Philippines who will be showcasing their travel packages at special discounted rates. Farm tourism activities can range from guided farm tours, fruit picking, horse riding, organic meals, restful spas, and more.

Farmers Market

Patronize Pinoy! Buy fresh and locally-grown farm produce and gift items from the top suppliers all over the Philippines. Bring home innovative products to your families as pasalubong, and uplift the lives of Philippine farmers

Farm Tours

Experience first-hand the joys of farm tourism by joining us for a whole day of farm tours! Tagaytay and its adjoining municipalities are fast becoming destinations for farm tourism, with a range of sites to visit and explore. See for yourself the innovative activities and products they offer. Who knows, this may just be your next family vacation!

Click here to Sign-up!

For more details, please contact the event secretariat at:
Email: info@isstphilippines.edu.ph
Telefax: +632 834 2994
Mobile: +63 920 225 8690

You may also check 4th Farm Tourism Conference on FB.


Read some of our articles last 3rd Farm Tourism Conference:

Grow Your Own Food Seminar

Are you tired of looking for fresh and organic produce? Why not grow your own at the comfort of your home?


  • Organic Vegetable Gardening (with hands-on demo)
  • Learn how to cook delicious, healthy food (demo on Ayurvedic Food Preparation)
  • Introduction to Vermiculture

In this seminar, you will learn:

  • How to start your own Organic Urban Garden
  • Methods and practices in Urban Gardening
  • Kinds of Vegetables to be planted
  • Proper management and maintenance
  • Easy to prepare, delicious, healthy meals
  • Produce your own natural fertilizers
  • And a whole lot more!

Resource Persons:

Mr. Conrado Esemple, Agronomist and Organic Farming Practitioner/ Consultant
Rev. Dr. Jacob Gnalian, Ayurvedic Doctor

Registration Fee: Php 1,500 P1,000/ head

Inclusions: Certificate, Food, Starter Kit, PDF Handout

Hurry, limited slots only.


Sign-up via:
SMS: 0905 296 1018
Online Form: https://goo.gl/rx9W4A

Events Roundup – August 2015

Here are some food and agri events you can attend this August:

Markets of the World


World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2015

wofex 2015

Slow Food Summit

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Building a Slow Food Nation

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Slow Food Summit & Building a Slow Food Nation as well as AgriWorld are both part of World Food Expo (WOFEX)

11th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition 2015


Should you know some related event that need to be included in the post, please let us know. Thank you!

Events Roundup – July 2015

In case you don’t know, several exciting events are scheduled this July 2015. And if you have time, please do attend these events to learn new products and services, but most of all network and make friends with like-minded individuals. Here are they:

3rd Farm Tourism Conference
July 1 to 3, 2015
Batis Aramin Resort & Hotel, Bgy. Malupak, Lucban, Quezon Province

2015 Chili Festival
July 4 & 5 2015, 8AM-8PM
Green Daisy Organic
20 Maginhawa St., UP Village, QC

Katipunan Weekend Market
July 4 & 5 2015, 9AM-6PM
Ateneo Grade School Parking Lot


Manila Food and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX)
July 22 – 26, 2015
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
World Trade Center Manila


Effective Agri Tour Guide Seminar

Seminar on Agri Tour Guide (FREE)
SERRANO HALL, DA-Agricultural Training Institute, Elliptical Road corner Visayas Ave, Quezon City

Do check our events database for upcoming Food and Agriculture related events!