Universitas Hasanuddin Held FSSAT International Conference 2021 Discussing Agricultural Innovation Strategies in the New Normal Era

Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas) through the Faculty of Agriculture held an international conference entitled “The 3rd International Conference on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in the Topics (IC-FSSAT)”. This third series of the conference used the theme of “Strategies and Innovations in Agriculture to Ensure Food Security During New Normal and to Mitigate Disaster Impacts”.

The opening of the conference took place virtually through the zoom meeting application at 08.30 WITA on Friday (08/01).

The Indonesian Minister of Agriculture (Dr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, SH., MH) and the Unhas Rector (Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA) attended as the keynote speakers.

There were also other speakers, namely Dr. Ir. Bayu Krisnamurthi, M.Si (IPB, Indonesia), Prof. Dr. Ir. Steel Donation, M.Phil., (Unhas, Indonesia), Prof. Takuya Sugahara (Ehime University, Japan), Dr. Ravindra C. Joshi (CABI, South East Asia), Dr. Lau Wei Hong (University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia) and Moh. Guo-Jhong (ICDF, Taiwan).

In the report of the committee chairman, Dr. Asmita Ahmad, ST., M.Sc. said that this conference brought together experts in agriculture and academics to discuss issues of food security and sustainable agriculture in the tropics.

“This activity resulted in 383 papers: 238 papers from Unhas affiliates and 145 from other institutions.

“The completed and checked papers will later be published in the Scopus indexed journal and proceedings,” explained Asmita.

Approximately 300 papers will be published in international proceedings indexed by Scopus, according to committee approval and the IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.

Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Dr. Sc. Agr. Ir. Baharuddin., expressed his appreciation to the organizing committee. This activity was carried out to build networks and increase research collaborations related to the theme of food security and agriculture in the conditions of the new normal era.

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“In this conference, a multi-disciplinary approach based on the knowledge and experience of scientists, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will be brought together to create sustainable collaboration,” said Prof. Baharuddin.

The 2021 FSSAT Conference was officially opened by Unhas Rector Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA. In her speech, Prof. Dwia appreciated this activity, considering that the issue of food is a crucial issue, especially in the new normal era.

As the keynote speaker, Prof. Dwia said that currently there are many agricultural technologies developing that lead to food modernization and agricultural practices. It is necessary to think about the balance of agriculture, especially local farmers in facing these changes.

Eastern Indonesia has attracted a lot of attention because of its abundant biodiversity. For the last several years, food modernization and its practices have become factors causing environmental changes and have an impact on the food system and local wisdom of the community.

“This is an ongoing challenge. For that reason, it is necessary to put forward a solid innovation strategy in agriculture to ensure food security to achieve the sustainable development goal of 2030, “said Prof. Dwia.

The Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, as the keynote speaker, entrusted the moderator to read his remarks script. In his description, the Minister of Agriculture said that since the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Agriculture has made maximum efforts with other ministries and local governments in maintaining Indonesia’s food sufficiency, including through increased domestic production and other efforts to stabilize food prices.

The Ministry of Agriculture maximizes strengthening the availability and stability of food prices through accelerating planting in the past dry season, developing farmer markets/shops to cut supply chains, encouraging people not to depend on rice staple food, but expanding options through diversification of local non-rice foods and use of house yardland.

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The activity continued to the presentation session by other speakers. Approximately 600 participants from several countries and the event ended at 12.30 WITA.

 

Kumara Tungga Dewa

Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR

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