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Valley Director to be Featured at International Food Security Summit

Government representatives, United Nations agencies, NGOs, development banks and private sector companies are gathering in October for the second AIDF Food Security Summit to discuss the imminent food security crisis the Asia Pacific region is facing. The summit will be Oct. 8-9 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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The two day summit is expected to provoke robust debate and frank information sharing, and will provide a platform for the formation of strategic partnerships and collaborations. The aim of the discussions is to lead to innovative solutions and best practices to tackle the problems surrounding food insecurity in Asia and the Pacific.

Francois Levesque, Valley Irrigation director of international dealer development, will participate in two panel discussions.

Levesque will join Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, National Seed Association India, in a panel discussion on Innovations and Trends for Increasing Agricultural Productivity and their Practical Application.

This panel examines new technologies, including innovations in irrigation, hybrid rice and breeding and bio-technology, for overcoming the challenges of producing more food, conserving more resources and addressing the needs of farmer livelihood.

During Sustainable Agriculture in Asia-Pacific: Trends, Challenges and Innovations, Levesque and Eric Quincieu, water resources specialist at Asian Development Bank, will discuss how the  expanding world population, coupled with increasing concerns about resource scarcity, land availability, biodiversity conservation and global warming is fostering interest in sustainable agriculture technologies. The panel will highlight the need for change and innovation and investigate solutions for improving a balanced, diversified and sustainable agricultural production.

Summit keynote speakers include: H.E. Dr. Harbrinderjit Singh Dillon, Special Envoy to the President of Indonesia for Poverty Alleviation, Anita Kendrick at World Bank, Katinka Weinberger, Director of CAPSA at UNESCAP, Dr. Klaus Kraemer, Director of Sight and Life, Prateek Gupta, Director at Helen Keller International, Dr. Gatot Irianto, Director General of Agriculture Infrastructure and Facility at the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia.

This year’s event is supported by a wide range of strategic partners including: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FrieslandCampina, Glanbia Nutritionals, Valmont - Valley Irrigation, Kubota Corporation, Inve Technologies and also influential supporting partners including AgroPages, CropLife Asia, AsianNGO, IRIN, Farming First, World Agroforestry Centre, Switch Asia, Private Equity Wire and many more.

For more information and registrations visit http://food-security.aidforum.org