An economist and former agriculture minister, who played a key role in Indonesia’s achieving rice self-sufficiency, will be conferred the 2013 Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development.
Dr. Sjarifudin Baharsjah, 80, will receive the Southeast Asian award for his significant contributions to agricultural and rural development in Indonesia, particularly his introduction of agribusiness and agro-industry to promote agricultural development in his country.
He is the first Indonesian and only the fourth to receive the prestigious Umali Award, which recognizes lifetime achievements of exemplary individuals who have advanced agricultural development in Southeast Asia.
Baharsjah was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute and the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute.
In 2001, he was elected Chairman of the IRRI Board of Trustees. From 1997 to 2001, he served as Independent Chairman of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Council.
The Umali Award, which will be held on January 16, 2014 at New World Hotel in Makati City, is collaboration among the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines, and the Dioscoro L. Umali Foundation.
Dr. Umali is a renowned Filipino agriculture scientist, educator, and institution builder who has immensely advanced agricultural research and development in Southeast Asia. He is a National Scientist and the founding Director of Searca.