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Increasing demand from environment-conscious consumers coupled with new government regulations in many countries now force enterprises to take responsibility for the entire product/service life cycle. Enterprises thus have no choice but to green their supply chains, in which green procurement plays an important role. Companies that practice green procurement emphasize compliance with environmental standards in […]

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Contributed by Special Secretary Tourism Dr. Ravinder N. Batta, Government of Himachal Pradesh, India The concept of eco-towns originated in Japan. Toward the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, problems of air and water pollution and solid waste management assumed serious dimensions in Japan. The only solution was achieving zero emissions by promoting local […]

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In the face of increased competition in domestic and international agricultural markets, small and medium-sized farms and agribusinesses are undergoing a transformation. Advanced technology facilitates farm competitiveness and growth through product development, expanded business opportunities, and niche market creation. However, many technological innovations are not efficiently transferred and commercialized due to various bottlenecks such as […]

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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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