Program

Keynote Speaker(Tentative)

NOBORU NOGUCHI, Ph.D.

Vice dean and Professor, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Japan

Deputy Program Director, Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) "Technologies for smart bio-industry and agriculture", Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

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EDUCATION

B.S.   Agricultural Engineering, Hokkaido University, 1985.
M.S.   Agricultural Engineering, Hokkaido University, 1987.
Ph.D.   Agricultural Engineering, Hokkaido University, 1990.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

<University>
Assistant Professor   College of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, 1990.
Associate Professor   Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, 1997.
Professor   Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, 2004

<National academy>

  1. Council Member, Science Council of Japan, 2006-2014.
  2. Chair, Committee on Food Science, Science Council of Japan, 2010-2014.
  3. Member, Science Council of Japan, 2014- present.

<Government agency>

  1. Program Officer, Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2007-2010.
  2. Program Director, Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) (1st term), "Technologies for Creating Next-Generation Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries", Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan), 2016-2019.
  3. Deputy Program Director, Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) (2nd term) "Technologies for smart bio-industry and agriculture", Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan), 2018-present.

<Overseas organization>

  1. Adjunct Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois, USA, 2007-2017.
  2. Ding Ying Guest Professor, South China Agricultural University, P.R.China, 2010-2018.
  3. Member of academic committee, Key Laboratory of Integrated Research on Modern Precision Agriculture System, China Agricultural University, P.R.China, 2010-2018.
  4. Guest Professor, China Agricultural University, P.R.China, 2011-2018.
  5. Guest Professor, Northwest A&F University, P.R.China, 2012-2018.
  6. Member, the Club of Bologna, Italy, 2010-present.

AWARDS and PRIZES

  1. Junior Academic Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery, 1994.
  2. Robotics and Mechatronics Award of Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1997.
  3. Academic Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery, 1998.
  4. Mori Technical Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery, 2000.
  5. Outstanding Contribution Award of CIGR, 2000.
  6. Excellence in Professional Achievement of Hokkaido Agricultural Association, 2001.
  7. Hokkaido Branch Award of Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2001.
  8. Best-Paper Award from IET division of ASAE, 2001.
  9. Junior Academic Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Informatics, 2003.
  10. Outstanding Contribution Award of the Japanese Society of Environment Control in Biology, 2004.
  11. Academic Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Informatics, 2006.
  12. HASHIMOTO Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Informatics, 2006.
  13. Best Paper Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Machinery, 2010.
  14. International Academic Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Engineers and Scientists, 2011.
  15. President Award for Research Achievements, Hokkaido University, 2012.
  16. Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, 2012.
  17. Japan Prize of Agricultural Engineering, Japan Association of International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, 2015.
  18. Fellow of Japanese Society of Agricultural Informatics, 2013.
  19. Fellow of Japanese Society of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Engineers and Scientists, 2013.
  20. Space Development and Utilization Award (Minster for Space Policy), 2013.
  21. Best Paper Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Engineers and Scientists, 2014.
  22. Academic Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Engineering,2015.
  23. Fellow of Japanese Society of Agricultural Engineering,2015
  24. Japan Prize of Agricultural Science, Japan Association of Agricultural Scientific Societies, 2016.
  25. YOMIURI Prize of Agricultural Science, Yomiuri Shimbun, 2016.
  26. Outstanding Contribution Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Engineers and Scientists, 2016.
  27. Shin-Norinsha International Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural Informatics, 2016.
  28. Hokkaido Science and Technology Award, Hokkaido prefecture, 2017.
  29. Award of Hokkaido Bureau of Telecommuications, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2017.
  30. Special Research Achievement Award of Japanese Society of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Engineers and Scientists, 2017.

"The Future of Farming - Robots put tasty and safe food on the table -"

Dr. Carolyn M. Florey

Sustainable Impact Through Rice-Based Systems, International Rice Research Institute

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EXPERIENCE
December 2017 – Present International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Digital Tools and Big Data Lead, LOS BAÑOS, PHILIPPINES
March 2016 – November 2017 Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), Director, Collective Impact, WASHINGTON, DC
Spring 2017 Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Adjunct Professor, International Development, WASHINGTON, DC
2014 – 2016 United Nations Foundation, Digital Health Senior Manager, Global Health Strategy, WASHINGTON, DC
2013 – 2014 The World Bank, Operations Officer, Innovation Labs, Development Marketplace, WASHINGTON, DC
Summer 2013 The World Bank, Mobile Innovation Associate, infoDev, WASHINGTON, DC
2012 – 2013 U.S. Agency For International Development, Private Sector Partnerships Specialist Global Health Bureau, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases & Nutrition, WASHINGTON, DC
Spring 2012 Federal Communications Commission, Program Coordinator, ICT & Women’s Access, International Bureau, WASHINGTON, DC
2010 –2012 Inter-American Development Bank, Research Fellow, Vice Presidency for Sectors and Knowledge, WASHINGTON, DC
SUMMER 2011 Earth Institute and Africa Soil Information Service, Program Design Intern, ICT and Agriculture, ARUSHA, TANZANIA
2008 – 2009 American India Foundation, William J. Clinton Fellow for Service, DELHI, INDIA
2006 – 2008 The World Bank, Junior Professional Associate, Development Marketplace WASHINGTON, DC
2003 – 2005 United States Fulbright Program, Fulbright Grantee JEONJU, SOUTH KOREA
EDUCATION
2010 – 2012 Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Master of Arts, International Development and International Economics, WASHINGTON, DC
1999 – 2003 Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts, International Relations and Spanish, MEDFORD, MA

Digital Agriculture and the Future of Food Systems

Summary of Speech

Digital technologies range from 'low-tech' tools such as mobile phones and computers to more 'high-tech' solutions such as blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence. Digital technologies are poised to transform food and farming systems around the world, but it is the transformation of smallholder farms that is critical as the global population, food demand, and potential insecurity continue to increase. Digital technologies can help smallholder farmers increase their yields and incomes if they are effectively targeted to facilitate agriculture as a potential pathway out of poverty. For digital agriculture to deliver on its promise, digital agriculture interventions must be designed to consider the target populations' needs, constraints, appropriateness, but also to ensure that digital technologies do not exacerbate social and economic inequalities. Awareness of the potential application of digital technology coupled with cognizance of these risks is essential to ensure that digital agriculture fulfills its potential to transform food systems around the world.

Dr. Indra Mani

Head, Division of Agricultural Engineering
ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-12

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Prof. Indra Mani is currently serving as Head, Division of Agri. Engineering, at prestigious Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Prof. Indra Mani, with more than 27 years of service has extensively worked in the area of machinery development for agi-residue management, dryland agriculture, vegetable mechanization, small farm mechanization and equipment for enhancing fertilizer use efficiency. The studies on energy consumption for agriculture, compaction on farmers’ fields and development of proven technologies like Pusa rapid composting technology, Pusa turner cum mixer, Pusa compost sieving machine, Pusa Aqua-ferti-seed drill, liquid fertilizer (UAN) application system, paddy straw collector cum chopper and powered integral equipment for small farm mechanization have created a great socio-economic impact by making agriculture a profitable venture through production in dry land areas, enhanced fertilizer use efficiency, biomass management, production of quality compost and mechanization of small farms. The biomass management technologies related to composting and animal feed block (upscaled) have been disseminated to different locations including difficult areas of the country, unreached areas like Jammu and Kashmir, Leh, Ladakh to North-Eastern sister States to Odisha. The technologies developed and upscaled by him have reached to more than 17 states of country. In addition, he has guided 19 PhD and 12 M.Tech theses on different aspects of agricultural mechanization for benefit of Indian farmers. He has published more than 125 research papers and other publications. He has filed six patents of his technologies.
He has established Design Innovation Centre in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology for developing innovative solutions for Indian farmers. He has been actively involved in formulation of Mechanization strategy for various regions of the country particularly North Eastern region. He has been coordinator of IARI’s NEH, TSP and MGMG programme for improving the livelihood of farmers in north eastern hill region and tribal areas along with areas in states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. Under his guidance as Nodal Officer Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav, 121 teams involving about 600 scientists of ICAR-IARI and ICAR-IASRI are working for livelihood improvement of about 400 villages adopted under the Programme.
Dr. Indra Mani is also currently serving as the President, Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers. Under his dynamic leadership ISAE has developed a strong partnership and networking with global agricultural engineering fraternity. Global Food Security meet was organised in 2015 in South Africa followed by Global Water Security meet in India in 2018. In 2019, 8th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision agriculture was organized in collaboration with International Society of Precision Agriculture. In 2020, he was instrumental in exchange of MoUs between ISAE and NSAE (Nigeria), NSAE (Nepal), MSAE (Malaysia). Dr. Indra Mani has been at the forefront in advocating and developing different farmer centric mechanization strategies. He has been convener of the committee for developing standard guidelines for the use of drones in agriculture. He has been actively involved in mentoring of Incubatees and Start-ups related farm technology under RKVY-RAFTAAR (MoA & FW, GoI) and ZTM & BPD (ICAR-IARI) and ARISE programme of ICAR-IARI. He has been actively involved in TIFAN (Technology Innovation Forum for Agricultural Nurturing) - a platform to solve real mechanization challenges.
Prof Mani has been bestowed a number of awards like ICAR -Bharat Ratna C Subramaniam Outstanding Teacher award, MoWR ground water augmentation award, ICAR-Jawahar Lal Nehru award, IARI best teacher award, Institution of Engineers Gold medal, ASPEE award, ISAE fellowship, IE(I) fellowship, ISAE team award and ISAE outstanding book award. Dr Indra Mani has a very wide international exposure and has visited as faculty/trainee/ delegate to 10 different countries in South East Asia, North America, Africa, Japan and Europe. He has made remarkable contribution in developing Industry -Institution – farmers -innovators linkage.

‘Sustainable Food-Water-Energy Nexus’- India Context

Summary of Speech

The emerging consensus is that the world likely will exceed 9 billion people by 2050 requiring 70%, 80% and 55%, more food, water and energy, respectively. Managing Food-Water- Energy (FWE) nexus has become a matter of global concern due to environmental security under changing climate. Increasing agricultural productivity and developing sustainable water management techniques are needed to feed the ever-increasing population. The challenges faced by the world in general and India, specifically, in respect of energy, water, and food sectors are increasingly becoming interlinked. Subsequently, strategies for tackling one or the other aspect of this integrated challenge would require consideration of critical aspects of managing supply and demand for energy, water, and food in a manner that ensures security in each of these. Global projections indicate that demand for freshwater, energy, and food will increase significantly over the next decades under the pressure of population growth and mobility, economic development, international trade, urbanization, diversifying diets, cultural and technological changes, and climate change. Today, most Indian farmers typically rely on the monsoon for watering crops, however, irrigation can increase crop yields up to four times. But irrigation requires energy. Currently, it is estimated that 26 million diesel and electric pumps run on Indian farms, making them the dominant technology offerings today. However, grid-connected pumps that rely on electricity face the same challenge that any other load connected to India’s central grid faces: frequent outages. In addition, diesel-based pumps burden farmers with high recurring fuel expenditures. The lack of access to dependable pumping solutions hampers livelihood improvements throughout rural India. India uses more than 4 billion liters of diesel (13% of total diesel consumption in India) and around 85 million tons of coal per annum (19% of total coal consumption in India) to support water pumping for irrigation. If 50% of these diesel pumps were replaced with solar PV pump sets, diesel consumption could be reduced by about 225 million liters/year (7.5% of total diesel consumption in India). Similarly, groundwater is one of the most important water sources in India accounting for 63% of all irrigation water and over 80% of the rural and urban domestic water supplies. As per IWMI report, adopting micro-irrigation techniques can save roughly 20% of the groundwater used annually on irrigation in India. A key challenge is to convince farmers to adopt such techniques. In 2025, the total demand for water in India is projected to be 886 billion cubic metre, and the total electricity demand 4,18,277 million kWh. Adoption of micro-irrigation is increasing at 1.22% per annum. If this growth rate continues, about 8.8 million hectares will be under micro-irrigation in 2025, and 24 billion cubic metre of water and 3,598 MkWh of electricity will be saved annually. In addition, currently a number of solar based technologies like solar water pumping system, solar dryer, solar greenhouse, solar electric fence, solar milking machine, solar mowers and recently added solar tractors are available on Indian farms. However, there is need to develop, demonstrate and propopagate complete renewable energy based mechanization model in which all farm operations from production to processing and storage are powered by either solar energy or through bio-fuels. So that the usage of electricity from grid-power and non-renewable sources can be reduced. Sustainable Food-energy-water nexus-potential options in Indian context for future will be Smart technologies (agro-hydrological interventions): Improved irrigation techniques (Laser levelling, micro-irrigation, SRI, increasing pump efficiency), Reduction in energy used in pumping, (utilization of solar energy), Minimum tillage system, Genetic improvement in crops for heat and drought tolerance.

Dr. Satoshi IIDA

Senior Technical Advisor, KUBOTA Corporation

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March,2018 Senior Technical Advisor of Kubota Corporation (to present)
April,2016 Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Kubota Corporation
April,2015 Senior Managing Executive Officer of Kubota Corporation
April,2014 General Manager of Research & Development Headquarters
April,2012 General Manager of Farm & Utility Machinery Division, General Manager of Farm and Utility Machinery International Operation
April,2011 Managing Executive Officer of Kubota Corporation
January,2011 General Manager of International Operations Headquarters in Farm & Industrial Machinery Consolidated Division
June,2009 Executive Officer of Kubota Corporation
April,2009 President of Kubota Tractor Corporation
June,2009 Director of Kubota Corporation
April,2004 President of Kubota Europe S.A.S.
April,2003 General Manager of Construction Machinery Division
December,1999 General Manager of Construction Machinery Engineering Dept.
June,1999 Deputy General Manager of Tractor Engineering Dept.
April,1980 Joined Kubota Corporation

Kubota Smart Agriculture System (tentative)

Summary of Speech

TheAs an approach to advance the next generation agriculture, Kubota has been engaged on the development of smart agriculture technology by using ICT and IoT. In this session, Dr. Iida will discuss 1) precise agriculture through data utilization, 2) ultra-labor-saving through partial and full automation, and 3) technology development for reducing workload and saving labor as solutions for the challenges faced by farmers who support the agriculture.