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Publications > 2nd Regional Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific
- Enabling Environment for Custom Hiring of Agricultural Machinery
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9-11 September 2014
Serpong, Indonesia

Acknowledgement
This synthesis report is the proceedings of the 2nd Regional Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific, held on 9-11 September 2014 in Serpong, Indonesia. It is prepared under the overall guidance of Zhao Bing, Head of CSAM, and with the collaboration of the CSAM team. The original presentations and speeches were provided by the respective participants /speakers.

Special thanks go to Camilla Stelitano and Feng Yuee for summarizing the country reports and compiling the proceedings. We are also grateful to Zhang Zhijuan for her lay-out and design.

Executive Summary

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization is designed to be an annual flagship event of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) in line with its renewed mandate and strategic functions. Building upon the success of the 1st Regional Forum, held in October 2013 in Qingdao, China, the 2nd Regional Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Asia and the Pacific was held on 9-11 September 2014 in Serpong, Indonesia, in collaboration with Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) of Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-RAP), and with the funding of the China-ESCAP Cooperation Program.

The theme of the 2nd Regional Forum was ¡°Enabling Environment for Custom Hiring of Agricultural Machinery¡±. Small land holding and diversified social-economic realities
are the two distinct features of the farmers in most parts of Asia and the Pacific. Custom hiring, as well as other modalities and practices of sharing farm machines, is increasingly seen as one of the most cost-effective approaches to enabling farmers, particularly small-holders, to benefit from agricultural mechanization and other adaptable technologies. Member countries in the region have started to apply context-specific forms of custom hiring for decades, with mixed degrees of success. A large body of experiences and lessons has been accumulated, both at the policy and grass-root levels. As many governments are including custom hiring as a major component in their national strategies to promote agricultural mechanization, there is a need for in-depth knowledge and information sharing and policy dialogue to synthesize best practices and better inform their decision-making.

As a first meeting convened by a United Nations (UN) agency on this topic in many years, the Forum attracted the attendance of over 50 participants from 15 countries and 4 international organizations and NGOs. Country representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, briefed of the supporting policies and featured practices of custom hiring in their respective countries, and put forward suggestions and potential actions for encouraging and extending the practice across the region. Five service providers of custom hiring from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka shared their cases and stories, cited factors of constraints and challenges faced in their operations, and called for a more enabling environment for this value-added business. Colleagues from regional and international organizations shared their ongoing initiatives and insights on nurturing sound development of custom hiring of agricultural machinery.

The Proceedings synthesizes the country papers of member countries and presentations of peer organizations, and proposes recommendations and way forward for creating an enabling environment for custom hiring of agricultural machinery in member countries in support of sustainable agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation in the region.

 

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