Agri-Tech Taiwan│Oct 31-Nov 2, 2019
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Benedict Banal Jardinero/Invited by Taiwan ICDF

Member of Project Leadership Team for Rice Crop Manager (RCM) project.

Leads RCM project work package 3: "Research for Precision Farming", in collaboration with partners from Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Offices (DA-RFO) across all rice-growing regions in the Philippines.
Member of Project Leadership Team for Rice Crop Manager (RCM) project.

Leads RCM project work package 3: "Research for Precision Farming", in collaboration with partners from Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Offices (DA-RFO) across all rice-growing regions in the Philippines.

Assistant Scientist - Nutrient and Crop Management
Jun 2016 – Jul 2017
Laguna, Philippines

Initiated the collaborative research with DA-RFOs across all rice growing regions in the Philippines in order to evaluate and enhance the integrated use of RCM Advisory Service with the objective of making extension more effective.

Continuously collaborated with PhilRice in implementing RCM research across seven provinces in the Philippines in order to continuously enhance RCM through good science.
Initiated the collaborative research with DA-RFOs across all rice growing regions in the Philippines in order to evaluate and enhance the integrated use of RCM Advisory Service with the objective of making extension more effective.

Continuously collaborated with PhilRice in implementing RCM research across seven provinces in the Philippines in order to continuously enhance RCM through good science.

Researcher
May 2015 – Jun 2016
Laguna, Philippines

【Invited by Taiwan ICDF】
The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) is dedicated to boosting socio-economic development, enhancing human resources and promoting economic relations in a range of developing partner countries. To carry out our mission, we offer a range of assistance that centers on four core operations: lending and investment, technical cooperation, humanitarian assistance, and international education and training. Our Fund is used to make direct or indirect investments and to finance lending operations. Revenues generated by the Fund are used to support our bilateral or multilateral technical cooperation projects, humanitarian assistance operations and education and training.

Roland Schafleitner/World Vegetable Center

"Roland Schafleitner (Austria) joined the World Vegetable Center in 2010 as Head of Molecular Genetics. In October 2017 he took over the lead of the Flagship Program Vegetable Diversity and Improvement at the Center. His scientific background is biochemical technology and microbiology. During past assignments he collected experience in plant pathology, molecular biology and tropical agriculture. The main task of the Vegetable Diversity and Improvement Team is to collect, conserve and use vegetable biodiversity for breeding improved varieties. The group also develops tools to enhance speed and precision of breeding. They make use of the World Vegetable Center Genebank, the largest public sector vegetable collection comprising more than 60,000 accessions of about 450 vegetable species to identify favorable traits for crop improvement, such as resistances to pests and diseases, tolerance to abiotic stresses such as drought, heat, soil salinity and flooding and traits to increase vegetable quality and yield. These traits are introduced in farmer- and consumer-accepted vegetable varieties using classical breeding and marker-assisted selection approaches.

【World Vegetable Center 】
struggling with overweight, obesity and related chronic diseases, our food systems must nourish people, not merely feed them.
Vegetables are the most affordable source of vitamins and minerals needed for good health.
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg), formerly known as the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) and founded in 1971, is an international non-profit institute for vegetable research and development.  The Center mobilizes resources from the public and private sector to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. WorldVeg’s improved varieties, production and postharvest methods help farmers increase vegetable harvests, raise incomes in poor rural and urban households, create jobs, and provide healthier, more nutritious diets for families and communities.
The Center’s headquarters is located in Shanhua, Taiwan. Operations in Asia and Africa are led from five regional centers: Bangkok, Thailand (for East and Southeast Asia); Hyderabad, India (South and Central Asia); Arusha, Tanzania (Eastern and Southern Africa), Bamako, Mali (dry regions of West and Central Africa); and Cotonou, Benin (coastal and humid regions of West and Central Africa). The Center operates in other countries on a project basis.
A process of discovery research, piloting innovations, and scaling best technologies and practices continuously informs and improves the Center’s work and impact through three outcome-oriented flagship programs: ‘Safe and Sustainable Value Chains’, ‘Healthy Diets’ and ‘Vegetable Diversity and Improvement’ and one cross-cutting flagship program: ‘Enabling Impact’ These flagships bring together WorldVeg staff and partners from the public and private sectors, research and development organizations, and farmer organizations and civil society.
The WorldVeg genebank holds the world’s largest public collection of vegetable seed—a vital global resource for breeding resilient, productive and nutritious vegetable varieties. "

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