Faculty of Agriculture once again held an international conference entitled “The 3rd International Conference on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics (IC-FSSAT)”.
This third conference series carries the theme “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, Friday (8/1/2021).
Present as the keynote speaker of the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, SH., MH and Unhas Rector Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA.
The other resource persons, 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 his report, the chairman of the committee Dr. Asmita Ahmad said that this conference brought together experts in the field of agriculture and academics to discuss the issue of panhan resilience and sustainable agriculture in the tropics.
“This activity resulted in 383 papers, of which 238 are affiliates of Unhas and 145 are outside Unhas. Later, complete and checked papers will be published in Scopus indexed journals and proceedings,” Asmita explained via release.
Approximately 300 papers will be published in international proceedings indexed by Scopus, according to committee approval and 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 is carried out with the aim of not only building networks, but also hopefully there will be research collaborations related to the theme of food security and agriculture in the new normal era.
“At this conference, a multi-disciplinary approach based on the knowledge and experience of scientists, researchers, practitioners and policy makers will be brought together in order to create sustainable cooperation,” explained Prof. Baharuddin.
The 2021 FSSAT Conference was officially opened by Unhas Rector Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA. In his 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 due to 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, 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, represented the reading of his remarks to the moderator. In his description, the Minister of Agriculture said that since the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Agriculture has made maximum efforts together with other ministries and local governments in maintaining Indonesia’s food sufficiency. This includes increasing domestic production and other efforts to stabilize food prices.
The Ministry of Agriculture maximizes the strengthening of food availability and price stability through accelerating planting in the past dry season, developing markets / farmer shops to cut supply chains.
Encouraging the community not to depend on the staple rice food, but to expand options through diversification of local non-rice food and use of home gardens. The activity was continued by listening to the material from other sources. This activity was attended by approximately 1000 participants from several countries.