I would like to congratulate and convey my gratitude to the SAFE Network for undertaking the initiative to organize SAFE2018 (6th International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Energy). Andalas University is delighted to be the organizer of this conference since the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Energy (SAFE2013) in Padang, Indonesia (12-14 May 2014), the 2nd conference of SAFE2014 in Bali, Indonesia (17-19 September 2014), the 3rd conference of SAFE2015 in Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM (17-19 November 2015), 4th conference (SAFE2016) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 20-22, 2016, and the 5th conference SAFE2017, Malaysia, August 22-24, 2017.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Inclusive Agri-food Energy Production for Community Empowerment in a Changing Climate”. Through the conference, we hope to generate substantial contributions to create a better solution and new value on sustainability and sustainable development of agriculture, food, and energy. We are confident that valuable innovation that can change or create more efficient processes, products and ideas are forged after attending this conference.
Sustainability is a difficult issue and complex. It is not a goal but a process. I would like to thank the organizing committee and the co-organizer institutions for the hard work and full commitment in the preparation of this conference.
Finally, we congratulate Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), and Philippines Centre for Postharvest and Mechanization (PhilMech) for hosting this conference.
My personal respect and thanks go to all of the participants. Please enjoy the culture of Philippines! I wish you an enjoyable and memorable conference in Manila.
Prof. Dr. Tafdil Husni
Rector of Andalas University