Agriculture Working Group

Chair : Sutat Weesakul [ sutat AT hii.or.th ]
Co-Chair : J. Adinarayana [ adi AT iitb.ac.in ]
Co-Chair : Ye-Nu Wan [ ynwan AT dragon.nchu.edu.tw ]
Co-Chair : Kei Tanaka [tanaka.kei AT affrc.go.jp ]
Co-Chair : Takuji Kiura [ kiura AT affrc.go.jp ]
Co-Chair : FUKATSU Tokihiro [ fukatsu AT affrc.go.jp ]
Secretariat : Jittiporn Chantarojsiri [ iaf AT hii.or.th ]
Mailing List: 
agriculture AT apan.net

Introduction

The APAN Agricultural Working Group (AgWG) started at the APAN Tsukuba meeting held in March 1998. The Earth Monitoring Group, a sub-group of AgWG became an independent working group at the Seoul APAN meeting in July 1998. Since its inception, AgWG has been one of the most active working groups in the application area, maintaining close relationships with other working groups of APAN, such as the Earth Monitoring WG, IoT WG (Sensor Network WG), e-Culture WG, Disaster Mitigation WG, and a new Open and Sharing Data WG, having overlapping membership with these groups.

The aim of Agricultural Working Group is to accelerate agricultural and rural information research, utilizing the APAN network. It also promotes research, educational, and services projects in agricultural fields and/or rural area attempts to bridge institutes and start up new collaborations.

A characteristic of our Asian Pacific region is “the diversity” – the climate, the geography, the vegetation, the animals, the insects, the culture, the language, the food, and so on. Also, the world’s top five most populous countries are found in the Asia-Pacific region. In the food system, rice is the staple food for this enormous population and has a large harvest energy quantity per the unit area compared with other major crops such as wheat and corn.

However, economic development and the increase of the population in our region demands expansion of the farmland, which is creating loss of other ecologically viable lands, resource degradation, and desertification. This leads to the importance and growth in cooperative research to develop mutual sustainable agriculture in this region. In addition, changing and inclement climatic conditions in the region is strongly affecting our Agriculture systems. Therefore, it is necessary to address and cooperate while we respect diversity in the various countries. We, APAN Agriculture Working Group, believe, and are proud that, these issues can be addressed with technology and application of the Internet in our region. However, we never forget in our mind the challenges in overcoming the region’s digital divides.

With the food crisis due to burgeoning population in developing countries, though the population on the earth has not been really exploded yet, even major powers are facing difficulties balancing the productivity and environmental requirements. As the balance of food supply and demand are now inevitably under the strategy and control power of the world trading mechanism, it is almost meaningless to solve the crisis singly within a country. Only international sharing and cooperation for sustainable food productivity on a basis of information sharing and mutual understanding can bring the solution.

In 2020, disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic forced drastic changes on our lifestyles and even demanded the adoption of digital systems in agriculture. And AgWG extended its activity to cover new relationship between urban and rural areas, and bio-diversity with close collaboration to other WGs in APAN.

Objectives

We believe information, communication, and dissemination technologies (ICDT) can surely contribute to solve many of the issues described in the Introduction. First, ICDT such as the Internet, is now dynamically changing our lifestyle and social consciousness, and provides us a best tool for information sharing and mutual communication. Second, we should not forget the possible contribution of information science to effective and stable production by several models such as crop growth prediction and decision support. Third, agricultural models, in conjunction with earth monitoring systems and wireless sensor networks in the field, can estimate effects of climatic change in our region. Fourth, field monitoring systems are useful for high throughput phenotyping and can accelerate genetic breeding to make new varieties of crops resilient to climatic changes. Thus, the importance of the studies on Agroinformatics is undoubtedly increasing. The Asian-Pacific countries and regions are keeping the highest growth rate in the world and the requirement on food is abruptly changing from quantity to quality. In addition, the Asia-Pacific countries have their individual agricultural features that are not common in the USA or EU countries. Rice-dependency and farming scale are typical examples. Considering these, APAN Agricultural Working Group (AgWG) will target:

  1. Promotion & intermediation of international research and educational projects for agriculture utilizing the APAN infrastructure.
  2. Collaborate with Open and Sharing Data WG, Cloud WG, IoT WG, e-Culture WG, DMWG, Security WG to increase innovations in Agriculture.
  3. PPromotion of international symposia and meetings for Agroinformatics.
  4. Inviting researchers from other agricultural research fields such as crop breeding, biodiversity, and rural hybridization, etc.
  5. Encouragement of Compliance to international standards of Web Technology.

Those objectives are carried out with other related organization such as Asia-Pacific Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (APFITA), World Congress in Computer in Agriculture (WCCA), Trans Eurasia Information Network (TEIN), Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nation (FAO), Research Data Alliance (RDA), Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WoT WG/IG.

Smart agriculture introduces a variety of booming ICDT technologies, which can promote agricultural research, production, management, etc., encourage into a systematic and wide-area integrated development. These are many difficult works. Therefore, the exchange of construction, research and development experience, development flow, ideas, footprint, etc. of smart agriculture in different countries and research groups are important. It may also be a goal for APAN-AgWG.


Milestones/Actions

  • Climate Resilient Agriculture for Disaster Risk Reduction Project, collaboration of AgWG and DMWG
  • Achievement of Productive and Sustainable Agriculture
  • List the projects and activities either being undertaken or planned by AgWG members
  • List data sources (databases, wireless sensor networks) among APAN members and other groups such as GEOSS and create the AgWG showcase
  • Collaborate with Open and Sharing Data WG
  • Collaborative workshops with other agricultural research fields ex. Crop Breeding and other APAN WGs
  • Collaboration on mitigation and adaptation research against climate change
  • Collaboration on local agriculture issues on environment, disaster, natural resources management
  • Encourage young researchers from lower participant APAN countries and regions to attend APAN meetings

    Contact any Co-Chair for more information.

Last Updated: 

2021 Feb 09