Speech from IPB University Rector on the 77th Anniversary of Kasetsart University Thailand: Networking Realizes SDGs

The Rector of IPB University, Prof. Dr. Arif Satria, was honored to give a speech at the 77th Anniversary of Kasetsart University, one of the leading universities in Thailand, on 3 February 2020 in Bangkok.

Prof. Arif reminded of the challenges of climate change, food security and the imbalance of the quality of human life between countries that are in sight. The rapid increase in economic growth has contributed to the decline in the quality of the ecosystem. This causes the carrying capacity of land and the environment both to production and environmental services to decline, and ultimately to a decline in the quality of human life.

He further explained that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to be a global platform in order to create a better world for human life. He also explained the importance of the role of universities in building networks to realize the achievement of SDGs. "In 2018, there were 546 studies conducted by IPB University that touched on all 17 SDGs targets. However, it turns out that the largest 25% is encouraging the achievement of SDG No. 2 namely ending poverty in all its forms. Then followed by SDG No. 3 by 17% related with health, and 16% of research supports SDG No. 9 in industry, innovation and infrastructure," he explained.

The Rector of IPB University also touched on education. "Education is one of the real vehicles that is able to overcome poverty. IPB University is committed to continue providing access to prospective students from underprivileged families so that it can improve the economic quality of their families. IPB University also has a vision to produce technopreneur and sociopreneur systematically so that graduates will play a role significantly in job creation and in reality alleviating poverty", said Prof. Arif.

IPB University has launched the SDGs Network in 2019 and has also made a Sustainability Report. This is a form of IPB University's commitment to support the achievement of SDGs. The main problem of SDGs, according to Prof. Arif, is that the SDGs information is not yet distributed to the parties, even though many parties have unconsciously actually done the contents of the SDGs. The goals in the SDGs are universal values that humans really want in their lives and lives. "Through SDGs Network IPB University invites and accompanies industry, NGOs, and the private sector to network to realize SDGs and provide reports on the steps and results that have been achieved", said Arif.

The speech of the IPB University Rector also discussed the concept of Agromaritim 4.0 and explained various 4.0 innovations by IPB lecturers, to support the achievement of SDGs ranging from agriculture 4.0, marine, social innovation to herbal and health products.

In the field of food, the Agro-Technology Park (ATP) innovation has been able to connect farmers around the campus with 20 supermarkets in Jabodetabek.

In the field of health, IPB university for more than 13 years has continued to produce H5N1 vaccines and herbal products such as temulawak, which have collaborated with governments and private parties.

On the same occasion Prof. Arif also said that the issue of food became a necessity along with the increase in population. However, there are three main issues that are emphasized. "The issue that needs attention is first, data accuracy. Second, food loss and food waste. Third, farmers' regeneration," said Prof. Arif.

Data accuracy is very important because it is the basis for determining food policy. Precision data will produce more accurate policies in accordance with existing facts. Furthermore, Prof. Arif explained the new issue of food loss and waste, FAO data in 2019 revealed that one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Therefore, precision farming becomes important. Precision farming is needed to maximize efficiency from the land to the dining table so that the problem of food lost and food waste can be overcame.

On the issue of farmers regeneration Prof. Arif said that the average farmer in America was 58 years old, in Japan 67 years, and in Indonesia 47 years. The tendency is that the children of farmers do not want to become farmers. They tend to want to become landowners. Thus it is necessary to prepare modern technology from now and new actors of this generation.

The event which was opened directly by Kasetsart University Rector, Chongrak Wachrinrat, also presented various experts from leading foreign universities such as Kyoto University in Japan, Finland's Arkki Institute, European Office, Glasglow Caledonian University in England, Stockholm University in Sweden, University of British Columbia Canada, Gwangju The Institute of Science and Technology of South Korea, and the University of Portsmouth, UK. (IAAS/SAR)

Published Date : 10-Feb-2020

Resource Person : Dr. Arif Satria

Keyword : IPB, Arif Satria, Kasetsart University