The 12th Asian Maize Conference on “Maize for Food, Feed, Nutrition and Environmental Security” was organized jointly by Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO RAP), and Department of Agriculture (DOA), Thailand, at Bangkok on 30 October-1 November, 2014.The Conference was co-sponsored by CGIAR Research Program on MAIZE, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Monsanto, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), Bioseed, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), DuPont Pioneer, Rasi Seeds, and Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) and funding support was also provided by Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and Council of Agriculture (COA), Chinese Taipei.
The goal of the conference was to review the progress and identify opportunities for strengthening the maize value chains and sustainable intensification of maize-based systems in Asia for enhancing food, feed, nutrition and environmental security. The objectives were to assess the regional priorities and niches for enhancing maize production and productivity; share experiences and latest information on cutting-edge maize technologies among the maize research and development community; create general awareness and provide a platform for synergies among institutions and stakeholders for better use of maize as food, feed and industrial crop in Asia; and develop an innovative and impact-oriented regional strategy and road map through access to and accelerated adoption of resilient technologies, market opportunities, networks, investment priorities, and policy guidelines.
This publication provides salient recommendations of the conference. It is hoped that the recommendations that emerged will be useful for policy-makers, administrators, researchers, industry, farmers and other stakeholders in enhancing research development of maize production, consumption and utilization in the Asia-Pacific region.