10 Jan 2013

SEAP Quarterly Newsletter 2013-01

In this IssueIPNI SEAP develops new approaches to communicating research and development results
IPNI Program Updates
IPNI SEAP develops new approaches to communicating research and development results

Startup workshop on Sustainable Intensification of Oil Palm in West Africa held in Ghana

Two new management handbooks from SEAP in 2013

SEAP Publication on Specialty Coffee: Managing Quality- Review

SEAP Director Featured in Australia's Premier Coffee Magazine

SEAP Staff Updates

4R Plant Nutrition Manual slide set now available to order

News From the Region

World's second-largest oil palm plantation firm to spend US$550m for expansion, launches forest conservation pilot

Philippine government sees food sufficiency this year

Other News

Developing world takes the lead over GM crops

Warning issued for looming data gap from fleet of weather satellites

Upcoming Events
During the last few months, the IPNI Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) developed a new approach to communicating research and development results with internal and external stakeholders.

The key elements of this communication strategy include different types of publications targeted for different audiences. Some of the publications identified that will cater to the needs of different stakeholder groups include SEAP's quarterly newsletter, policy briefs, pocket guides, and the new SEAP Newsflash.

The Newsflash aims to raise the profile and awareness of IPNI SEAP by providing a concise, executive summary of IPNI SEAP research. It is a non-technical description of a particular project with a brief account of major findings, the impact, and future research needs.

Some recent activities that were communicated through the Newsflash included Yield Intensification in Oil Palm Plantations, An Approach to Map Suitable Areas for Sustainable Oil Palm Development, and Successfully Implementing Large Scale Experiments.

Click on the image below to read the latest SEAP Newsflash.

Startup Workshop on Sustainable Intensification of Oil Palm in West Africa Held in Ghana
A startup workshop for the project Sustainable Intensification of Oil Palm in West Africa was held at the Bensu Oil Palm Plantations (BOPP) during 20- 21 March 2013. Participants from three plantations and the Sustainable West Africa Palm Oil Programme (SWAPP) of the Solidaridad West Africa Project were provided with short lectures, case studies, group discussions, group tasks, and field tasks on topics related to the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) in oil palm for both mature and immature plantations.

The project, which is jointly implemented by IPNI SEAP and IPNI Africa, aims to investigate the potential to increase yields and profitability of oil palm in West Africa. IPNI and its partners have identified and established 35 BMP plots in selected estates and smallholders in Ghana's oil palm belt to demonstrate the implementation and management of the best practices required to improve the status quo. Through this engagement with the SWAPP, IPNI aims to transfer best management practices from its BMP project sites to other plantations and smallholder systems in the region.
Two New Management Handbooks from SEAP in 2013
IPNI SEAP has recently signed contracts with authors to write two new nutrition management handbooks in 2013 - one on oil palm and another on coffee. Both handbooks will be using the 4R concept as an overarching framework.

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework represents an innovative and science-based approach to fertilizer best management practices. The concept is to apply the right source of nutrient, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. The guidelines for the 4R principles are endorsed and supported by IPNI and the fertilizer industry.
SEAP Publication on Specialty Coffee: Managing Quality - Review
This publication developed out of a scarcity of published information on how to produce fine, high quality coffee that creates an excellent cup. The more the authors searched for information on coffee quality, the more they realized that a superb cup of coffee depends on a complex of processes along the supply chain that allows little margin for error at any stage. Furthermore, as so often occurs when personal preferences and tastes are involved in defining quality, the process of producing magnificent coffees is as much an art as a science. Consequently, as the book evolved, the authors tried to combine hard science with art and put it into a business context …the result is a book with a wide range of styles.

“The authors have drawn on their long personal experience in quality coffee and their extensive network to create a resource book that covers the basic concepts of a quality market, how to manage crops for better tastes (genetics, agronomic practices, processing practices), how to structure value chains to improve relationships and incentives for quality management, and how to begin to address some of the upcoming challenges to quality coffee such as climate change.” - Don Seville, Co-Director of The Sustainable Food Lab

“The book has a solid scientific focus but will appeal to a broad readership. It is a compilation of 15 Chapters, each written by an eminent lead author and edited by an equally eminent team.” - Anthony Marsh, Coffee Consultant

“A few critical notes notwithstanding, this book is highly recommended to all stakeholders in the coffee industry as an authoritative and comprehensive source of information on several aspects of the product life cycle of coffee, the specialty arabica coffees from Meso America for the USA market in particular.” - Herbert A. M. van der Vossen, Plant breeding and Seed Consultant, Board Member of the Association for Science and Information in Coffee

This publication is neither a blueprint nor a recipe for specialty coffee production. The intention is to provide readers with information and ideas that stimulate and support creative thinking, allowing them to develop and adjust the myriad processes and details of the specialty coffee supply chains that produce a multitude of coffees with distinctive traits from a diverse range of origins.

Also included in the book is a chapter on plant nutrition, where the 4R framework was used to summarize the key concepts and considerations for the adequate nutrition of the coffee crop.

Click here to order the book.
SEAP Director Featured in Australia's Premier Coffee Magazine
Dr. Thomas Oberthür, SEAP Director, was featured in the February 2013 issue of the Australian coffee magazine, BeanScene, where he discussed his role as key author of the new IPNI SEAP book Specialty Coffee: Managing Quality.

In the feature story, Dr. Oberthür described the pivotal moment that started his interest in quality coffee research, and the journey that he took over the past decade, both scientifically and commercially, culminating with the launch of the new SEAP book at the 24th ASIC International Conference on Coffee Science in Costa Rica last year.

According to Dr. Oberthür, "This book was generally written for everyone who is really interested in specialty coffee, but especially for roasters, importers and exporters looking at meaningful relationships with farming communities. It's also for academia who are keen to assess and change, if necessary, how the production and trade of quality coffee is being conducted."

The book Specialty Coffee: Managing Quality is available from the IPNI Southeast Asia Program.
4R Plant Nutrition Manual Slide Set Now Available to Order
Norcross, Georgia – The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is releasing its newest educational resource in support of 4R Nutrient Stewardship …our 4R Plant Nutrition Slide Set on PowerPoint.

The slide set is fully integrated for use with our 4R Plant Nutrition Manual and is comprised of nine individual presentations (over 250 slides in total) that correspond to each chapter within the manual and include detailed speaker’s notes. The set is currently available in CD format for USD 50.00.

To order, please contact the IPNI Circulation Department at e-mail: circulation@ipni.net; phone: (770) 825-8082 or 825-8084. On-line store orders will be accepted soon. Also, keep checking our 4R web portal at http://www.ipni.net/4R for more details on this and other 4R resources.

Additional contacts: Dr. Terry Roberts, IPNI President; phone: 1.770.447.0335; e-mail: info@ipni.net Or contact Gavin Sulewski, IPNI Editor; phone: 1.770.825.8080; e-mail: gsulewski@ipni.net
SEAP Staff Updates
Please join us in welcoming Mr. La ode Umar Rasyid, our new oil palm Junior Consultant effective 01 February 2013. Umar completed his Bachelor's degree in Forest Resources Conservation from the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia in 2007. Since then, he has worked for several oil palm plantations in Indonesia, including most recently, as an agronomy staff of PT. Duta Palma. Umar is based in Jakarta and will support IPNI SEAP in the implementation of our oil palm projects in the region.

Meanwhile, IPNI SEAP signed a memorandum of agreement with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for the posting of Dr. Mirasol Pampolino, IPNI SEAP agronomist, at IRRI. Effective January 2013, Mira will be based in IRRI in order to collaborate on research and development projects that will improve farmers’ productivity and profitability in diverse agro-ecosystems and environments. Collaboration with IRRI will likely start with projects on developing ICT tools for nutrient management in annual food crops, such as maize and rice. Mira will also continue leading and implementing the successful cross-regional Nutrient Expert program from the Philippines. She will also recruit additional staff to help her with the anticipated increase in demand for Nutrient Expert-type of decision support systems.

Mira can be reached by phone at 63.2.580.5600 extension 2808. Her IPNI email address remains unchanged.
News from the Region
World’s second-largest oil palm plantation firm to spend US$550m for expansion, launches forest conservation pilot
Golden Agri-Resources Ltd. (GAR), part of the Sinar Mas Group conglomerate and the world’s second-largest oil palm plantation firm, is earmarking US$550 million for capital expenditure this year as it plans to acquire more concession areas and increase the capacity of its refineries.

GAR plans to acquire between 35,000 and 40,000 hectares of new concession areas, mostly located in Kalimantan. By year-end, it hopes to have up to 503,400 hectares of plantation areas, including plasma, 8.6% higher than in 2012. In its downstream division, the firm is expanding the capacity of its North Sumatra refineries and expects to produce 2.6 million tons of refined products in 2013, up 30% from the previous year.

Meanwhile, PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology, a GAR subsidiary, is planning to build a new oleo-chemical plant this year in an effort to diversify its business. According to Sinar Mas Group managing director G. Sulistiyanto, the $245 million plant will be located in Dumai, Riau province.

Sinar Mas Agro, along with GAR, has also launched a forest conservation pilot project, which focuses on preserving high carbon stock (HCS) forests. Sinar Mas Agro president director Daud Dharsono said that the project was expected to help Indonesia, as the world’s largest palm oil producer, cope with the growing demands for HCS forest conservation.

Source: The Jakarta Post, March 14, 2013, http://www.thejakartapost.com
Philippine government sees food sufficiency this year
The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is anticipating a new record rice harvest this year of about 20 million tons from the record 18.3 million tons output in 2012. The country is 97 to 98 percent self-sufficient in palay. However, since food sufficiency involves other farm products, DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said expansion was also expected from a range of subsectors from corn to coconut.

Among the reforms already underway, the National Food Authority is increasingly stocking up in terms of palay or rough rice, which can be stored for longer periods, rather than white or milled rice. It is also importing less, estimated at only 187,000 tons this year (for buffer stock only) from the record 2.4 million tons in 2010.

The Sikat Saka program paved the way for a P400-million loan facility of the state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines for rice propagation. The program, which enables individual farmers to borrow funds using an ATM card, was launched in four provinces and will be expanded to cover all of the top 20 rice-producing areas all over the Philippines.

Beyond reforms, the DA is also encouraging foreign and domestic investors, as well as OFWs, to invest in farm production, postharvest facilities and processing, Alcala said. Anticipating the impact of Asean economic integration by 2015 on local rice production and trade, the DA is also spending P26 million (US$ 700,000) on a baseline study on the Philippines’ rice sector in comparison with those of other rice-producing countries.

In 2012, Philippine agriculture comprised only 11.89% of economic expansion (measured in terms of gross domestic product) although it is the biggest employer in the country. Including agribusiness, the sector’s contribution is estimated at 30-35%.

Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 24, 2013, http://business.inquirer.net
Other News
Developing world takes the lead over GM crops
For the first time since the introduction of biotech/ genetically modified (GM) crops almost twenty years ago, developing countries have grown more hectares of them than industrialized countries.

Developing nations planted 52% of the global GM crops in 2012, up from 50% a year earlier, according to a report by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). Last year also marked an unprecedented 100-fold rise in the area planted, with GM crops now accounting for 170 million hectares up from 1.7 million in 1996, when GM crops were first commercialized.

"This makes biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in recent history," said Clive James, veteran author of the annual report and founder and chairman of ISAAA. "This growth is contrary to the prediction of critics, who, prior to the commercialisation of the technology in 1996, prematurely declared biotech crops were only for industrial countries and would never be accepted and adopted by developing countries," he added.

A record 17.3 million farmers grew GM crops globally in 2012, up 600,000 from a year earlier. Over 90% of these farmers – more than 15 million – were small-scale, resource-poor farmers in developing countries.
China, India, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa grew 78.2 million hectares, or 46%, of global GM crops in 2012.

For the fourth consecutive year, Brazil was the engine of growth globally in 2012. Brazil ranks second only to the US in worldwide GM crop planting, growing at a year-to-year record 6.3 million hectares, or a substantial 21%, to reach 36.6 million hectares in 2012 compared to 30.3m in 2011.
The US continued to be the lead country with 69.5 million hectares, with an average 90% adoption across all crops.

Source: The Herald, 22 February 2013, http://www.heraldscotland.com
Warning issued for looming data gap from fleet of weather satellites
U.S. policy makers are becoming alarmed about an expected gap in critical weather forecasting data, with no easy solutions in sight. A new report estimates that the looming gap in critical weather forecasting data collected by the nation's satellites could extend for 17 to 53 months, and begin as soon as late 2014 under a worst-case scenario. The gap is the product of a messy, nearly 20-year-old effort to improve the nation's fleet of polar-orbiting satellites, which provide the majority of the data used to develop weather forecasts extending out 3 to 10 days. Data to go missing include cloud cover, atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles, fire detection, ozone layer mapping, radiant energy, and solar irradiance.

Source: Science, 22 February 2013, http://www.sciencemag.org
Books received and latest additions to the SEAP Reference Database
Here is a listing of books received by IPNI SEAP during the 1st Quarter of 2013:

Published by the Fertiliser Development and Consultation Organisation (FDCO), this book is dedicated exclusively to nutrient uptake, removal and recycling by a wide range of crops, including food grains, commercial crops, horticultural crops, and forest trees. All the mineral plant nutrients, both major and micro, are covered. Information is intended for use by a diverse readership interested in the optimum, balanced, and efficient use of plant nutrients and their removal from the soil in relation to the yield level. Such information can then assist in determining the nutrients to be applied taking into consideration the soil nutrient status and crop growth potentials.
Another publication by FDCO, this book focuses on various aspects of plant nutrients, soil fertility, fertilizers, and crop nutrition through integrated nutrient management. The book provides an easy-to-understand account of scientific fertilizer management for practical use by various stakeholders.
This publication by the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) provides readers an up-to-date information and clarification on the scientific basis of foliar fertilization and plant responses to it. It describes the ‘state-of- knowledge’ on the mechanisms of uptake by plant leaves of foliar-applied nutrient solutions. The publication can be downloaded from the IFA website.
We have also updated our SEAP Reference Database with 85 additional references dealing mainly with the following topics: oil palm, biofuels, yield gaps and yield gap analysis, risk assessment and uncertainty in agricultural production, and nutrient and fertilizer management. For a complete listing of these references, please click on the attachment below. References for some major agricultural crops in the SEAP library can also be found here.

New Entries to RefMan 2013-01Q.pdf
Upcoming Events
5th Annual SCAA Symposium
10-11 April 2013
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

25th Annual SCAA Exposition
11-14 April 2013
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

4th International Conference and Exhibition of Palm Oil (ICEPO) 2013
7 - 9 May 2013
Jakarta Convention Centre
Jakarta, Indonesia

The Future of Smallholder Farming in Agribusiness
13-15 May 2013
Krabi, Thailand

10th ISP National Seminar 2013 (NATSEM 2013)
24-26 June 2013
Kingwood Hotel, Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Theme: Confronting Management Challenges in the Oil Palm Industry

Palembang Industrial Expo 2013
27-29 June 2013
Arya Duta Hotel
Palembang, Indonesia

Indonesia International Palm Oil, Machinery and Technology Exhibition & Conference 2013
02 – 04 July 2013
Labersa Convention Centre
Pekanbaru, Riau, Sumatera, Indonesia

PALMEX Thailand 2013
29-30 August 2013
Maritime Park and Spa Resort, Krabi, Thailand

5th PALMEX Indonesia 2013
2 - 4 October 2013
Santika Premiere Dyandra Hotel & Convention
Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

International Palm Oil Congress (PIPOC 2013)
19-21 November 2013
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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