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Globally, approximately half of all food and fiber produced is lost to field and storage pests (insects, pathogens, nematodes, weeds, and vertebrates). The losses are usually higher in the developing countries of Asia, where environmental conditions favor pest attacks. Thus effective control of pests is critical to enhance agricultural productivity. Several methods have been adopted […]

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“Knowledge management (KM) is not only one of the APO’s thrust areas but it is growing in importance in this fast-changing and globalized world,” APO Secretary-General Shigeo Takenaka stated in his address made at the International Productivity Conference: Knowledge Management from Brain to Business held in January this year in Thailand. The KM concept has […]

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Agricultural insurance is an effective mechanism for reducing the losses farmers suffer due to natural calamities such as floods, droughts, and outbreaks of pests and diseases. It enables farmers to obtain credit and financing for investment in new technologies, tools, and equipment to enhance and sustain their productive capacity. It also assists farmers in regulating […]

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The APO Industry Department organized a workshop on the Leadership and Innovation Balanced Scorecard (BSC) in Tokyo, Japan, 29–October 2 November 2007, in collaboration with Palladium Consulting and the JPC-SED. The program featured world-renowned Dr. Robert S. Kaplan from Harvard Business School, codeveloper of the BSC, as well as Dr. Venkat Ramaswamy from the University […]

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After a year of research on the relationship between productivity and the environment, the APO developed its Green Productivity (GP) strategy in 1994 to enhance productivity and environmental performance for sustainable socioeconomic development. The GP concept of has since been refined and improved through applications in member countries. The tools and techniques have been adapted […]

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Contributed by Wilfrid Legg, Head of Agricultural Policies and Environment, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France Farmers across the world are facing enormous challenges adjusting to the pressures and opportunities in a trade-liberalizing global economy, seeking ways to diversify sources of income and capture more of the value added […]

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A seven-member delegation from the Paraguayan Industrial Union paid a visit to the APO Secretariat on 23 October 2007. The delegation was in Japan for a project on Strengthening the Paraguayan Quality and Productivity Center organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Department of Administration and Finance Information Officer Sunju Lee made a detailed presentation […]

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Contributed by Managing Director David Van Amburg, ACSI, National Quality Research Center, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, USA The business imperative for creating a satisfied customer is as old as the practice of trading. In a free market, it is based on a mutually beneficial proposition: sellers make more profit and […]

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Eco-products International Fair 2006 Singapore, October 31 – November 2 The APO organized the Eco-products International Fair 2006 at Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore from October 31 to November 2 with SPRING Singapore and the Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore. The fair, with a total space of 7,300 square […]

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6–8 October 2005, Bangkok, Thailand On 6–8 October 2005, the APO in collaboration with the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and the Thailand Productivity Institute (FTPI) organized the Eco-products International Fair (EPIF) 2005. More than 22,000 visitors thronged the IMPACT Exhibition Center in Bangkok, Thailand, to attend the EPIF 2005. This was the second such […]

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