Today, world faces challenges to meet the food consumption of the 7 billion people.  At the same time, some related problems such as decreasing availability of land, climate change, water resources scarcity, land degradation, and the depletion of non-renewable natural resources are going worse. These conditions are further exacerbated by political instability in some countries as well as inter-state food trade competition which sometimes leads to policy and import-export regulation wars related to strategic food. Some of the imbalances and limitations to overcome these challenges can be seen from poor food quality, food embargo, malnutrition, and until a very serious problem, hunger

Food security is certainly a big issue in various regional areas as well as Southeast Asia. From the global data of the Food Security Index in 2016, it appears that Singapore is ranked 3rd among 113 countries that represents a high level of food security assurance. Singapore is also the only Asian country in the top 10 global Food Security Index of the world. Contrary to that, some other Southeast Asian countries are still far below Malaysia (ranked 35th), Thailand (ranked 51th), Vietnam (57th), Indonesia (ranked 71th), Philippines (ranked 74th), Cambodia (ranked 89th), and Laos (Ranked 103). This 2016 GFSI overall ranking indicated that most of Southeast Asia countries are still in progress to run with developed countries to find the right way of food security development

To overcome various problems in food security, it is necessary to make various approaches to provide assurance on all aspects that become the foundation of food security. This will be strongly related to the availability, access, utilization, and stability of the food as the main concept of food security itself. The availability of food is closely related to the existence of adequate quantities of food. Food access is certainly related to the flexibility to obtain the food that is also strongly related to economic, political and sociocultural aspects. Food stability is closely related to food access at all times.

Consumers, governments, and business players are responsible to increase the world food security index. Moreover, the contribution of universities in the form of research is certainly also very important in providing input and directing in policies making and implementation for the assurance of food security. Thus, this conference is significant to compile any idea from various backgrounds and perspectives as the effort to create similar perception to improve the quality of world food security.

Food Security Topics

  • Food Security
  • Life Science & Innovation
  • Agricultural Sciences & Engineering
  • Wisdom Agriculture
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Animal Breeding
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Microbiology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Energy
  • Mechanization
  • Other Food Security Related Topics

Invited Speakers

  1. Dr.Ir.Muhammad Syakir, M.S (Head of Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development Ministry of Agricultural, Indonesia) “The Role of Agricultural Innovation in Supporting Indonesia Food Security Program
  2. Prof. Dr. Mikio Umeda(Kyoto University, Japan & Secretary General of CIGR-International Commission of Agri. And Biosystems Eng., Belgium)“Recent Research in Biological Engineering in Japan”.
  3. Prof. Dr. Abdul Rashid bin Muhammed Sharieff (Smart farming Technology Research Center and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia), “Multidiciplinary Efforts in the Advancement and Applications of Modern Technology in Addressing Concerns of Food Security
  4. Prof. Dr. Helmi (Andalas University, Indonesia) “Sustainability Science Perspective to Support Interdisciplinary Initiatives in Food Security and Delivery of SGDs
  5. Assoc. Prof. Dam Sao Mai (Biotechnology and Food Technology Institute, Vietnam) “The Role of Rice Producing in Ensuring Food Security”
  6. Prof. Peeyush Soni (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand & Asian Association for Agriculture Engineering, PRC),  “Interdisciplinary Approach toward Food Security in Asia
  7. Prof. Dr. David Koh (NUS, Singapore & Vice President of research and Innovation, Universiti of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei), “Securing Food Safety and Nutrition for Health
  8. Dr. Alawi Sulaiman(UiTM, Malaysia)

Venue and Activities

Auditorium Gedung Pascasarjana Universitas Andalas

Auditorium Gedung E Universitas Andalas

Convention Hall Universitas Andalas

19-20 October 2017

Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia


Important Dates

Full paper deadline                     : October 5, 2017

Acceptance confirmation             : October 15, 2017

Last payment                              : October 5, 2017

Call for Papers
Researchers from universities, governments, and business players are invited to join this International Conference on Interdisciplinary Food Security (ICIFS) 2017

Abstract and Paper Submission

Manuscript submitted (4-5 pages) must be original and not submitted or on the process for publication elsewhere

Abstract and Manuscript should be prepared according to the following author guidelines in the MS Word article template:

Submission Guidelines see:

Registration Fee and Payment
International Participant: USD 150
Local Participant: IDR 1.500.000.

Beneficiary: Yesi Puspita
Account No. 0329017453
Bank / Institution: BANK CENTRAL ASIA

Grand Zuri Padang Hotel
Grand Inna Padang Hotel
The Axana Hotel
Kyriad Bumiminang Hotel

Visa Information
Visitors to Indonesia must obtain a visa from one of the Indonesian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months as well as a valid return ticket. Passport with validity of more than 3 months can be accepted in special cases or business travel. The immigration officer at the port of entry may ask the passenger to produce any necessary documents (such as hotel reservation and proof of finance)
Further information can be found here:

Advisory Board

Dr. Eng. Muhammad Makky (Indonesia)
Prof. Dr. Mikio Umeda (Japan)
Prof. Dr. Peeyush Soni (Thailand)
Prof. Dr. David Koh (Brunei)
Prof. Dr. Abdul Rashid bin Muhammed Sharieff (Malaysia)
Dr.-Ing. Uyung Gatot S. Dinata (Indonesia)
Prof. Dr. Eiji Morimoto (Japan)
Prof. Dr. Konstantinos A. Paschalidis (Greece)
Dr. Alawi Sulaiman (Malaysia)
Prof. dr. B. Jayawardhana (The Netherlands)
Prof. Patricio Grassini (USA)
Prof. Dr. Péter Bodor (Hungary)
Prof. Dr. Peter Fleischmann (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Kohei Nakano (Japan)
Prof. Martin van Ittersum (The Netherlands)


Dr. Eng. Muhammad Makky (Chairperson)
Phone number: +628128463169 or +628116610799
Putri Wulandari Zainal (Secretary)
Phone number: +6281363323958
Conference Website:
Conference email: