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Market Analysis - Agriculture Asia Pacific 2020

Productive Agriculture and Organic farming methods combine the scientific knowledge of ecology and modern technology with traditional farming practices based on naturally occurring biological processes. Relatively recent innovations in seeds, chemicals and fertilizers have enabled agricultural producers to meet the ever-growing demands of a hungry world population. Even with the rapid increases in agricultural productivity, however, challenges for the agriculture industry to supply the growing global economy with sufficient supplies of agricultural staples are greater now than ever before.

Scope and importance

The basic principle in the organic farming system is to produce maximum yield with the highest possible quality. At the same time, it should not affect the soil fertility, soil health, and environment. Due to the extensive use of chemical fertilizers, there is a huge toll on humans with the poisonous effects. Hands more and more people are in search of organic fruits and vegetables. Hence there is a steep increasing the demand of organic farming system for Organic fruits, vegetables, and foods.

Why Japan???

The scope of organic farming in Japan has been tremendously increasing. This is mainly due to the new researches made in the field of agriculture. It has facilitated the farmers with new measures for more production eliminating the activity of bypass methods. New techniques which are being innovated are purely related to soil health during organic farming. Apart from these reasons, the discovery of various new diseases arising out of artificial production of fruits and vegetables have clearly set the minds of people for a shift to organic farming.

Health conscious is another important factor for this huge transformation. It could also be named as the race in the new lifestyle. Consumption of organic products basically spreads from one person to other. To make it clear, people have reshaped health into lifestyle. This opens up opportunities for many new entrepreneurs in Japan with a huge response from the consumers.

With regards to Food Safety Commission , Consumer Affairs Agency, Food Education program triggered far-reaching changes in the regulatory framework of food safety Food, agriculture and risk in contemporary Japan’ attempts to set the background to the theme by addressing trends and changes in the global agri-food system. Previous village-bounded studies of Japanese rural society emphasized cultural continuity, the masterful blending of modernity and tradition, and the stoic acquiescence of villagers to externally-imposed change;  found organic farmers’ groups revitalizing rural economies; forming direct-marketing relations with urban consumers; linking up with farmers in the Third World. Consumers including academics, agricultural scientists, medical doctors, journalists, and others involved in various aspects of the organic farming movement in Japan, comprise more than three-quarters of the membership. It is critical of Japanese agricultural policies and of U.S. agricultural surplus export policies.

The economic importance of agriculture in Japan has rapidly declined since 1950, with the sector constituting 1.7% of national GDP and employing 4.6% of the total labour force. A striking feature of Japanese agriculture is the shortage of farmland. Japan is thus a major importer of food.

According to IFOAM & FiBL (2006), the area under organic management in Japan is 29,150 hectares, which constitutes 0.56% of the total agricultural land. There are currently 4.539 organic farms registered in Japan. Certified organic produce from Japan includes: rice, green vegetables, green tea, sweet potato, taro, pumpkin, potatoes, citrus and other fruits. Potentially, Japan can be an enormous organic food market. Currently, consumer demand exceeds domestic supply and most organic products are imported. The demand for organic food is growing rapidly in Japan and it is expected that this will continue in the future.

Young farmers emerged in qualitative fieldwork as ‘occupational edge-workers,’ crisscrossing binaries such as urban/rural, mind/body, and economic/moral. They manage risks and navigate uncertainties of natural forces, traditional village practices, neoliberal pressures to be entrepreneurial in the market, and judgment of older, purer organic farmers.

The world's third-largest economy has a mere fraction of the global market of around $90 billion and is dwarfed by the US ($45 billion), Germany ($11 billion), France ($8 billion) and China ($7 billion). According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry (MAFF), the rate of organic food is only 0.17%. Domestic organic produce is 48,596 ton, while imported organic produce is 1,295,266 ton annually. This means that domestic organic produce only has 3.6% of the market. Domestic organic processed food is 187,455 ton, while imported organic processed food is 67,777 ton. In Japan, consumers care about the safety of the products, and buy organic food only when the quality of the vegetables is excellent.

Key Research’s: Land Reform in Japan | Wet Rice Agriculture | Transplanting Rice Seedlings | Reorganization of Farm Land | Innovations in Fruit and Vegetable Farming | Rice Rationing and Subsidies | Japan’s Shrinking Farm Population | Farm Household Size  | Japanese Farm Households | The Changing Japanese Diet | Dairy Farming in Japan | Beef Cattle in Japan | The Changing Income of Farm Households | Raising Silkworms in Japan | Food Self-Sufficiency in Japan | Organic Farming in Japan

In Japan, Fukuoka started Natural farming by experimenting with the Nature and following the natural ways of crop propagation. The relatively higher industrialized countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Korea are major retail markets for organic foods.        

Why to Attend ???

The significance of agriculture in human life is significant. Agriculture and agricultural products are essential for us. Food, energy, medicine and so many things we are able to get from agriculture. This conference seeks to bring all such scientist, Noble Laureate, researcher, research scholar, students and people together who are involved in this field and provide them to discuss their innovation, exchange ideas and interact with each other.

Agricultural perspectives

  • The Asia region is a decisive component in the global food chain, accounting for 19% of total global food and agriculture exports and 31% of total food and agriculture imports
  • Asia’s large and growing population, coupled with rising incomes and a burgeoning middle class, will continue to drive demand for food & agricultural commodities and resources
  • On the other hand, Asia cannot produce enough to support itself. Limited arable land, inadequate water and poor resource management, low farm yields, environmental and soil degradation and infrastructure inadequacy are limiting production. Consequently, Asia and especially China’s need for imports and investment locally and abroad is likely to increase
  • Asia agribusiness and food & agriculture companies are likely to grow in size and scope to meet the increasing demand, national policies, rising organisational capabilities, and integration and consolidation throughout the value and supply chains

Factors limiting the agricultural production potential

Limited arable land and inadequate water resources in Asia form a natural ceiling to agricultural supply. Consolidation of farmland and better water management have the potential to boost production. At the same time, conflicting demands in land usage and water pollution act as constraints. Given a growing population and increasing demand for cereals for both food and feed, sustained increases in yields are required in Asia. However, factors such as changes in cropping patterns and diminishing returns on modern seed varieties have led to a stagnation of production growth in the last two decades. Increased use of fertilisers as farmers try to maintain productivity is also progressively degrading soil quality in many places. Increased usage of chemical pesticides has further compounded the issue of soil quality and environmental pollution. Here below are some of the major limiting Factors

  • Small and fragmented holding size
  • Water will be a key limiting factor
  • Self-sufficiency policy
  • Rising rural wages
  • Impact of climate change
  • The region lags in R&D spend in agriculture
  • Investment in physical infrastructure (roads, ports, railway terminals)
  • Storage and cold chain logistics
  • Technology investment to improve farm productivity and farm-business connectivity

Country Profiles with International, Asia and Oceania Emerging Markets at China and Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia


Fund Allotment to Agriculture & Organic farming Research

Agriculture Finance & Agriculture Insurance

  • Agriculture finance empowers poor farmers to increase their wealth and food production to be able to feed 9 billion people by 2050.
  • Our work in agriculture finance helps clients provide market-based safety nets, and fund long-term investments to support sustainable economic growth.
  • Demand for food will increase by 70% by 2050; at least $80 billion annual investments will be needed to meet this demand.
  • Grant Opportunities : International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) | Terra Viva Grants | The Foundation Center | International Human Rights Funders Group | Global Giving’s | Environmental Defender Law Center | Philanthropic News Digest | Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC) | Global Philanthropy Alliance | The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) | Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) | FOMA Charitable Trust | Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF) | Global Food Price Crisis Response Program (GFRP) | Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP)

Major Agricultural Industries in Worldwide:

The number of agricultural industries and services is growing at a faster rate in all around the world covering Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America which are major regions of the world. Top 20 industries with their country name have been enlisted below:

  • Kerry Group, Ireland
  • Vilmorin, France
  • Adler Seeds, US
  • China Agri-Industries Holdings, China
  • ContiGroup Companies, Belgium
  • Case Corporation, US
  • Golden State Foods, US
  • Heritage Foods, India
  • Noble Group, South America
  • The Mosaic Company, US
  • Monsanto, US
  • Wayne Farms, US
  • Dawn Meats, Ireland
  • Groupe Limagarin, France
  • Bayer Crop Science, Germany
  • New Holland Agriculture, Italy
  • John Deere Tractor, US
  • CLAAS, Germany
  • Skellerup, New Zealand
  • Technofarm International, Libya

Agriculture Research centers worldwide:

  • Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, France
  • Africa Rice Center, Benin
  • Bioversity International, Italy
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia
  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
  • International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Lebanon
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), United States
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico
  • International Potato Center (CIP), Peru
  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka
  • World Agroforestry Centre (International Centre for Research in Agroforestry), Kenya
  • WorldFish Center (International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management), Malaysia

Global Agriculture Universities:

  • University of California, U.S.
  • China Agricultural University, China
  • Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • University Hohenheim, Germany
  • University of Guelph, Canada
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Western Australia, Australia
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • University of Valencia, Spain
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Reading, United Kingdom
  • Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Massey University, New Zealand
  • National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Cornell University, United States etc...

Japan Major Universities:

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology           
  • Kyoto Prefectural University
  • Hokkaido University
  • Kyushu University
  • Nagoya University           
  • Kobe University
  • University of Tsukuba     
  • Tohoku University
  • Chiba University
  • Osaka Prefecture University        
  • Gifu University    
  • Shinshu University
  • Ibaraki University
  • Shizuoka University         
  • Keio University
  • Waseda University