Agriculture Working Group
The APAN Agricultural Working Group (AGWG) started at the APAN Tsukuba meeting held in March 1998. A sub-group of AGWG became an independent working group of the Earth Monitoring Group at the Seoul APAN meeting in June 1998. Since its inception, AGWG has been one of the most active working groups in the application area and has been maintained close relationship with other working groups of APAN such as the Earth Monitoring WG, Sensor Network WG, having overlapping membership with these groups.
The aim of Agricultural Working Group is to accelerate agricultural information research, utilizing the APAN network. It also promotes research, educational, and services projects in agricultural fields and attempts to bridge institutes and start up new collaborations.
The characteristic of our Asian Pacific region is "the diversity" - the climate, the geography, the vegetation, the culture, the language, the food, and so on. Also, 65 % of the world population lives in our region, particularly in China (1,330 million) and India (1,220 million). In the food system, rice is the staple food for this enormous population and has much harvest energy quantity per the unit area compared with other major crops such as wheat and corn. However, the economical development and the increase of the population in our region demands expansion of the farm land, which is creating loss of other ecologically viable lands and resource degradation and desertification. This lead to the importance and rising of the cooperative research to develop mutual sustainable agriculture in this region. In addition, with inclement climatic conditions and its change in the region is strongly affecting our Agriculture systems. Therefore, it is necessary to address and cooperate while we respect a diversity in the various countries for its purpose. We, APAN Agriculture Working Group, believe that is proud that these issues could be addressed with the technology and the application of the Internet in our region. However, we never forget the overcoming of digital divides in our mind.
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 to balance the productivity and the environmental requirement. As the balance of the food supply and demand is now inevitably under the strategy of the world trading mechanism and the control of the power, it is almost meaningless to solve the crisis within a country. Only the international sharing and cooperation for sustainable food productivity on the basis of information sharing and mutual understanding could bring the solution.
We believe that the information, communication and dissemination technologies (ICDT) can surely contribute to solve many of the above the issues. First, ICDT such as the Internet, that is now dynamically changing our life style and social consciousness, will provide us a best tool for the 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. Forth, 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. The rice-dependency and the farming scale are the typical examples. Considering these, APAN Agricultural Working Group (AGWG) will target:
- Promotion & intermediation of international research and educational projects for agriculture utilizing the APAN infrastructure.
- Managements of shared databases among APAN members and other groups, including several database mirrors.
- Promotion of international symposia and meetings for Agroinformatics.
- Acceleration of collaborative activities with other APAN-WGs such as Earth Monitoring WG, Sensor Network WG, e-Culture WG.
- Inviting researchers from other agricultural research fields such as crop breeding.
Those objectives are carried out with other related organization such as Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (AFITA), World Congress in Computer in Agriculture (WCCA), Trans Eurasia Information Network (TEIN), Service Research Innovation Institute (SRII), Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nation (FAO).
- List out the projects and activities being either undertaken or planned under AGWG members
- List out data sources (databases, wireless sensor networks) among APAN members and other groups such as GEOSS and create the AGWG showcase
- Collaboration on Rice Crop Monitoring, ex. GEOGLAM
- Collaborative workshops with other agricultural research fields ex. Crop Breeding and other APAN WGs
- Collaboration on mitigation and adaptation researches against climate change, ex. GRENE ei CAAM
- Collaboration on local agriculture issues on environment, disaster, natural resources management, ex. Nepal
- Encourage young researchers to attend APAN meeting from less participant APAN countries and regions
Contact any Co-Chair for more information.
2016 Jun 28