Comprehensive Training to Increase Efficiency of Rice Production in the Mekong Sub-region

International Training Course on

“COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY OF RICE PRODUCTION IN THE MEKONG SUB-REGION”

BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

More than 20 percent of the Mekong population still live below the poverty line, and 15 percent are undernourished. Agriculture sector has always played an important role in nourishing approximately 60 percent of the population in the Mekong River Basin, providing them with food security and economic opportunity. While a direct correlation between increasing agricultural yields and poverty reduction exists, regional efforts and new projects that enhance agricultural sector in Mekong region are needed to maintain quality of life and bring more people above the poverty line. As rice in the staple food in all Mekong countries, creating a project that involves collaboration between CLMVT countries and development partners will greatly increase the efficiency of rice production in Mekong countries and bring about sustainability and stability to the people and the region.

The Mekong Region is experiencing a total transformation of its social, economic and natural environment. Exceptional advances have been made in reducing poverty, in expanding infrastructure networks, in trade and commerce and in improving the quality of life in many of the region’s diverse communities and cultures. That progress has come at a substantial cost with long-term implications for its sustainability. Much development is proceeding without adequate knowledge of its impacts. Nevertheless, the information available to decision-makers has been insufficient to avoid and mitigate unplanned and unwanted social and ecological effects.

In addition, different industrial environment and technical knowhow in each country in the Mekong Region makes it difficult for them to cooperate. Therefore, we are of the view that if they obtain the right supports, the development of rice industry would speed up and benefit to all stakeholders involved. Apart from that, the Republic of Korea (ROK) shares the common level of rice consumption with the Mekong region, therefore countries in Mekong region should have the opportunities to exchange technical knowledge, development of rice production, with technical assistant from the ROK experts. The cooperation under Mekong-ROK and with

Thailand as a counterpart will improve agricultural and rice mill entrepreneur development in the Mekong region.

Advances in geospatial technology can greatly improve the shape and quality of development so that it is planned and assessed with more complete understanding of costs and benefits. Information and expert analysis can now be delivered at ever increasing spatial and temporal resolutions, with greater accuracy and influential ways which explore trade-offs and options in meeting development goals. It enables trends and lessons from the past to feed projections of future scenarios in way which are firmly based on the best scientific evidence.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To develop a cooperation network on efficiency rice production, rice production planning between the Mekong countries and ROK
  2. To Enhance knowledge, information and experience on green productivity in rice mill factory technology
  3. To build capacity in rice crop monitoring assessment and preparedness planning in Southeast Asia

QUALIFICATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

  1. The participants should meet the following qualifications;
  2. Participants must be government officials, scientists, or technicians from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, who are under the age of 45.
  3. Young scientists and professionals who are working in the field of rice and agriculture
  4. with minimum one year’s professional experience are fully encouraged.
  5. A background of geo-informatics, satellite-based information, or agriculture management is an advantage.
  6. Having good command of English (the course will be conducted in English).
  7. Be in good health, physically and mentally, fit to attend an intensive field training. Candidates with limited mobility will not be accepted.
  8. Participants must strictly attend the 5-week training course. Not to bring family members to the training course in principle; if bringing a family member, the participant has to pay extra expenses.
  9. Be nominated by their respective Governments or authorized by his/her Department to
  10. participate in the training.
  11. Each country may nominate up to four (4) nominees for the course.

VENUE

The training course will be organized in Thailand on 6th February – 12th March 2017 and Field trip in ROK on 13th – 17th March 2017

DURATION

The training course, consisting of lectures, discussions, workshops, field visits and presentation, will last for 40 Days.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  1. The applicants should submit the duly-filled application form no later than 31 January 2017 to the Royal Thai Embassy, or Consular Representative in their countries, and send the electronic file (scanned file) directly to Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand via MRCFthailand@gmail.

CONTACTS

1. Mrs. Amornrat Intrman

Agronomist, Senior Professional level

amonrat.i@rice.mail.go.th

Tel. +668 1659 5006

2. NFI Contact Person:

Ms. SupapornRitthisak

Tel. +669 9229 9295

supaporn@nfi.or.th

3. GISTDA Contact Person:

Dr. PreesanRakwatin

Researcher

Tel. +662 141 4568

preesan@gistda.or.th

4. Department of International Economic Affairs Contact Person (registration inquiries):

Ms. AimatchaSomsaman

Third Secretary

Tel. +662 203 5000 (ext.14155)

MRCFthailand@gmail.

ORGANIZERS

Thailand Rice Department (RD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives

National Food Institute (NFI), Ministry of Industry,

Ministry of Science and Technology : MOST

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) : GISTDA

Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SPONSORED

Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund