AgriBForum1In photo: Members of PCAFI and participants of the Business Forum on Agriculture held on November 12, 2014 at the Media Hotel and Towers, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jakarta, Indonesia – November 12, 2014 – The Philippine Trade and Investment Center organized a half-day Business Forum on Agriculture for the fifteen-member delegation of the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Incorporated (PCAFI).

PCAFI is the umbrella group of various Agriculture and Fisheries-based industry sector organizations in crops, herbs, forestry, livestock and fisheries.

PCAFI undertakes various agriculture advocacies and forums including organizing the largest annual Agriculture and Fisheries Exhibitions in the Philippines – the Agrilink Expo.

Part of the group’s advocacy is to improve the Philippines’ productivity and competitiveness in agriculture and fisheries by undertaking benchmarking activities with other countries.

This year, the group is in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, to further appreciate the ASEAN Economic Community, and to establish linkages and cooperation with agriculture stakeholders in Indonesia.

AgriBForum2In photo: Col. Alejandro Escano, Chairman of PCAFI.

Col. Alejandro Escano, Chairman of PCAFI, said in his opening remarks that there are many ways by which Indonesia and the Philippines could cooperate particularly in seaweed farming and production, dairy, and livestock.

The Business Forum on Agriculture discussed the State of the Agriculture Industry in Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges and also featured a presentation from the Partnership for Indonesia Sustainable Agriculture or PISagro.

PISagro is a private-sector driven initiative, whose members include Sinarmas, Indofood, Nestle, Syngenta and Unilever, that aims to improve sustainable production of target commodities, to increase yield, reduce CO2 emission, and reduce poverty by twenty percent in 2020.

AgriBForum3In photo: Mr. Philipp Ong, President of PCAFI, Col. Alejandro Escano, Chairman of PCAFI, and Mr. Franky Welirang, Secretary-General of PISagro.

Mr. Franky Welirang, Secretary General of PISagro underscored the need for country-level partnerships to identify common goals, outline priorities, and develop and execute plans to achieve the goal of food security for the world’s seven billion population.

The business forum was attended by Philippine Embassy officials, members of the Indonesia-Philippines Business Council, the Association of Rice Growers in Indonesia, Indonesian Fruit and Vegetable Association, and Coffee Growers Association in Indonesia.