The Philippine government is committed to help push for the execution and realization of the goals and priorities set during the Grow Asia Agriculture Forum, Agriculture Secretary Alcala announced.
Secretary Alcala and officials of Grow Asia – led by Ms Lisa Dreier, Senior Director for Food Security and Development Initiatives of the World Economic Forum that organized the event – met at the sidelines of the WEF proper in Makati and discussed possible ways towards achieving “sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth” in the Philippines and the rest of the region.
The forum held on May 21, 2014 served as the launch of Grow Asia, a new platform that aims to help strengthen the agricultural sector in Southeast Asian countries.
“We stand ready to continue collaborating with WEF-Grow Asia and be an active partner in crafting and pushing for new, out-of-the-box solutions to helping farmers and fishers across the region produce enough food for all despite climate change and other challenges.” Secretary Alcala said.
Grow Asia draws from the experience, models and networks of WEF’s New Vision for Agriculture (NVA) initiative, WEF said in a statement.
The NVA initiative engages leaders of business, government, civil society, farmers’ organizations, development partners and other groups to work together to achieve food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity through agriculture. (Mac Garcia, DA OSEC)