An approximately 70% increase in food production in Asia is required to feed 5.2 billion people on the continent by 2050. Food production and supply in the crop, livestock, and aquamarine sectors, however, are constrained by fragmented supply chains, degraded land, and post-harvest losses, among others. Moreover, agriculture is also the source of nonfood products such as fiber, fuel, timber, medicine, and industrial raw materials. Individuals are thus increasingly needed to manage agribusinesses competently and sustainability in food and nonfood value chains serving both domestic and global markets. Agribusinesses include farms and off-farm enterprises that produce and distribute farm inputs and those that assemble, store, process, and distribute fresh and processed farm commodities and products.
As the World Economic Forum steps up its “Grow Asia” initiative, the scale and impact of agribusiness investments provide opportunities for smallholders and SMEs to be linked to global and regional markets. Public–private partnership and multiple-stakeholder approaches to sustainable, inclusive development have been designed to offer market-based solutions to address production and supply constraints as well as poverty, food security, and safety issues. These solutions must be managed by individuals trained in agribusiness management leadership and decision-making skills. By 2020, such partnership arrangements should reach 10 million smallholder farmers, improving farm productivity, profitability, and environmental sustainability by 20%.
The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course that started from September 15, 2016 till February 14, 2017 (5 months), with the objective of providing knowledge and understanding of the multifaceted nature of agribusiness and its management orientation in a globally connected business environment, identifying the strategic and operational agribusiness decisions that managers in Asia make and communicate as well as the ethical, social, and governance challenges managers face, and applying the decision-making process in the various functional areas of agribusiness management using problem-based learning assignments.
The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.apo-elearning.org/moodle19/. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration started last September 15, 2016 and will end at the closing hours of February 14, 2017.
As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.
Successful participants who passes the final exam will earn a Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and an opportunity to be invited to participate in a face-to-face training in any of the 18 APO member countries co-sponsored by the APO (subject to other qualification requirements and standards of the project).
For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2126, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);
Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.