CPAf researchers attend the 11th Asian Society of Agricultural Economics International Conference

Researchers from the Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies (CSPPS) of the College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) recently participated in the 11th Asian Society of Agricultural Economics (ASAE) International Conference held on March 17 to 19 at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. This year’s conference theme was “Sustainable and Resilient Asian Agriculture and Food Systems in the Global World.”

University Researchers Mr. Hadji C. Jalotjot, Ms. Dhanicca Amor M. Domingo, and Dr. Nico Jayson C. Anastacio participated as paper presenters. Meanwhile, Ms. Karen S. Janiya and Mr. Emmanuel C. Flores, co-authors of the papers presented by aforementioned staff, also attended the conference.

Mr. Jalotjot presented the paper titled “Technology Transfer Activities of State Universities and Colleges (SUC) in the Agriculture Sector in the Philippines,” while Ms. Domingo presented the paper titled “A Culture of Technology Transfer in the Agricultural, Fisheries and Natural Resources Sector.” Both papers were based on CSPPS-implemented projects funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD): “Assessment of Stakeholders’ Compliance to the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 (RA10055)” and “Assessment of the Performance, Reach and Outcomes of the Technology Transfer Modalities in the Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources,” respectively. On the other hand, Dr. Anastacio presented the outputs of his dissertation titled “Local Adaptation of Mango Integrated Crop Management Technologies in the Island City of Samal, Davao del Norte, Philippines.” All three papers fell under the parallel sessions on Technology Adoption and Transfer in Agriculture.

The CSPPS delegates were also joined by presenters from DOST-PCAARRD, namely: Ms. Gemmalyn Trespalacio and Ms. Mia Barbara Aranas. Ms. Trespalacio is a Science and Technology Fellow who presented the paper titled “Role of Women in Agriculture amid Climate Change: A Meta-Synthesis and Application of Gender Framework Analysis,” while Ms. Aranas is a Senior Science Research Specialist who presented the paper on “Co-Design Approach to Developing Gender Responsive Intervention Model for Cacao Value Chains in Davao City, Philippines.” Dr. Anastacio served as co-author for both papers. The latter is an output of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research-funded project titled “Leveraging Existing Gender Relations to Optimize the Gains from Value-Adding Opportunities: The Case of Cacao Value Chain in Davao City,” which is also housed in CSPPS.

Dr. Christopher Barrett of Cornell University served as the keynote speaker of the conference. In his presentation titled “Accelerating Transformation Towards Healthy, Equitable, Resilient and Sustainable (HERS) Agrifood Systems, (AFS)” he discussed the different agrifood system-related crises and the urgent need for AFS transformation that are healthy, equitable, resilient and sustainable. Plenary sessions were also organized and speakers shared various information from aging of farmers and sustainable food systems, to reimagining the role of women in food production and rural agriculture, just to mention a few.

During the closing ceremony, Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority and Dr. Mercedita A. Sombilla of the Department of Agriculture were both awarded the ASAE Honorary Life Member for their contributions to the field of agricultural economics and to the association.

The 11th ASAE International Conference was organized by the Asian Society of Agricultural Economists, in collaboration with the Agricultural Economics Society of Japan. The 2026 ASAE Conference is scheduled in Indonesia.

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