- Wednesday, 28 February 2018
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The increase of world population needs more food, feed, fuel, and fiber. Meanwhile, agricultural land is relatively constant and even tends to decrease. To feed people, both actions may be opted i.e. optimizing the existing agricultural land and opening new agricultural land. Every country has different reason to select the action. Indonesia, for example, the population increase 1.3 %/year needs more food. The increase of middle income families also requires high quality, high variety of food. Nevertheless, irrigated rice field as main rice production center shows the levelling of production and some place convert to non-agricultural uses. Agricultural soil/land deterioration due to mismanagement and climate change worsen agricultural condition globally.
Narrowing yield gap in the existing agricultural land become main efforts worldwide. Different farming system was developing with the target to make more efficient in agro input for high production. The effort differs among agroecosystem being specific for each country. In Indonesia, for instance, agroecosystem is dived into ricefield (irrigated and rainfed), dryland (dryclimate and wetclimate), wetland (tidal and Lebak agricultural land). Each ecosystem requires specific land management formula. This formula is resulted by blending component previously studied.
Considering potential wetland for agriculture, wetland will be the future agricultural land. Technologies to map and optimize this wetland are available worldwide and ready to scaling up. Such best practice could be documented as main reference for wetland development.
This workshop aims to:
- explore recently available innovation in mapping tropical wetlands
- reveal best practice and best experience in managing tropical wetlands for sustainable agriculture
- strengthen collaboration and networking on tropical wetland research and development