Singapore, Jan. 20 (CNA) Scholars from Taiwan are playing a big role in the promotion of agriculture innovation and sustainability as they and like-minded scholars from all over the world banded together to establish the "International Association for Agriculture Sustainability," announced Saturday at the Singapore Management University.
Wei Cheng-i (魏正毅), director of the U.S. University of Maryland's International Programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the first president of the association.
At the announcement event, Wei said that the challenges in the agriculture sector, which range from global food shortages to severe pollution, are not ones that any one profession or industry can solve.
Given agriculture's vital importance to economic development and human health, the world needs a non-profit, interdisciplinary and cross-sector platform that allows experts and scholars to share knowledge and to experience and work together to tackle these issues, Wei said.
That is the vision and mission behind the International Association for Agriculture Sustainability, which brings together scholars from all over the world to focus on issues related to agricultural technology, an eco-efficient economy, the protection of natural resources and other issues of sustainability, he explained.
The association consists of scholars and industry experts from Taiwan, the United States, Finland, New Zealand, China, India, Thailand and Singapore.
According to one of the members, Lee Tzong-ru (李宗儒) of Taiwan's National Chung Hsing University, the platform will foster exchanges in research, academia, policy and industry knowledge of sustainability that can lead to innovations in agricultural technology and sustainable energy.
The platform will also aid in the sustainable agriculture efforts of developing countries, Lee said.
Association Secretary-general Fu Kuo-chang (傅國彰) said that Taiwan is thrilled to be a bridge for the association to reach out to other similar efforts in the world and make a difference in regards to sustainable agriculture.
Fu noted that agricultural exchanges are a key component of Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, and said that the country will continue to share its technology and skills in agriculture with other countries.