The 12th Asian Maize Conference was convened to join experts, stakeholders and national representatives in one room to share their perspectives on maize in Asia and create an inclusive roadmap to improve production and its impact on family incomes and nutrition.
The official conference recommendations have now been announced, revealing the priorities and challenges to develop maize production in the region and some key initiatives that we may see in the near future as a result of the conference.
Bangkok – 29 October 2014 – More than 350 leading agricultural researchers, policy makers, farmers and service providers from across the public and private sectors gathered in Bangkok from 30th October – 1st November for the 12th Asian Maize Conference.
Maize is rapidly emerging as a key crop in Asian food systems. 70 percent of the maize harvest in Asia feeds the prodigious growth of the livestock sector, showing that maize is central to growing prosperity and changing lifestyles in the continent.
China is home to 1.3 billion people and faces increasing demand for cereal production, for both human and animal consumption as demand for meat products rises. This large and growing population makes food security and improved cereal yields a national priority.