On January 17th, 2017, Dr. Sander C. de Vries of Kind of Green gave a keynote presentation at the International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture (ICOSA) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. ICOSA was a very well managed conference, organized by the friendly and talented staff and students of the Department of Agrotechnology of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY). Sander was speaking at ICOSA in his former capacity of researcher at Wageningen University, the Netherlands; “Global Yield Gap Analysis to Map Options for Sustainable Intensification” was the title of his presentation. After an opening ceremony rich with Indonesian tradition, and after the opening address of Dr. Ir. Gunawan, rector of UMY, Sander’s presentation was well received and provided a useful framework for structuring the discussion throughout the morning sessions, juxtaposing the need for a more sustainable agriculture on the one hand and the need to feed the increasing world population on the other hand. The accompanying abstract can be read below; some further thoughts on the presentation can be found in our recent (March 2018) blog post: “Intensification… or extensification? Yield gaps as an informative tool”.
Keynote speakers of ICOSA 2017 (including Sander de Vries of Kind of Green, fourth from left) with Dr. Ir. Gunawan, rector of UMY (fourth from right) and staff and students of the Department of Agrotechnology of UMY (photo courtesy: UMY).