This report consolidates the key points and messages from the workshop sessions on various aspects of knowledge-intensive agriculture organized by ADB on 15-16 June 2017.
As of 2015, the number of hungry people still reached 777 million. Similarly, the Millennium Development Goals aimed to halve the proportion of hungry people, from 23.2% in 1990-1992 to 11.6% by 2015. Agriculture is now at a crossroad. Its resource base is shrinking, and the productivity of the resource is declining. Existing agricultural production systems with heavy dependence on different inputs have become increasingly untenable. Fortunately, technological innovations and improvements create opportunities for a paradigm shift from labor and resource-intensive to knowledge-intensive agriculture. In a workshop organized by the Asian Development Bank, stakeholders exchanged experiences and ideas on how to design and implement measures to build a knowledge-intensive agriculture. This report summarizes the key messages from the workshop.
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