12th Starch Value Chain ASIA,

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27-29 Feb, 2024 - Vientiane, HYBRID

Crowne Plaza Vientiane




Chairman’s Welcome

Dr. Jonathan Newby, Research Economist

CIAT-in-Asia / CGIAR Research Center


Opening Speech
Bounchan Kombounyasith, Director General - Dept of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry


Keynote Speech

Inpeng Samountry, President

Laos Cassava Association


Discussion followed by Morning Reception

Sponsored by:


Status, trends, and new market opportunities and partnerships in the starch value chain in LAO PDR for sustainable growth

Alexandre Dahan, Chief of Party

Winrock International


Panel Discussion from Local Producers

  • Gaining access to international market

Luo Wei, Manager

KT Agricultural Development Co Ltd

Naphaphone Vongchiengkham, President

Sky Vision Agricultural Promotion Sole Co., Ltd

Kone Phongpaserd, Project Manager

AIDC Laos Co., Ltd


Now, New, Next: securing the future of the smallholder cassava sector through ongoing innovation and partnerships

Dr. Jonathan Newby, Research Economist

CIAT-in-Asia / CGIAR Research Center


Thai Wah sustainable agricultural model

We recognize the significance of adopting innovation and promoting sustainable agriculture. This is the fundamental factor that will fuel continuous growth in the cassava industry, Agri food industry, ultimately improving the quality of life for farmers. To this end, we've introduced the Thai Wah model, which harnesses innovation and technology to assist cassava farmers. This model not only strengthens capabilities in agriculture and the related food industry but also reduces environmental impact and fosters sustainable operations.

Hataikan Kamolsirisakul, Group Chief of Staff and AVP

Thai Wah Public Company Limited


Discussion followed by Lunch

Sponsored by


Chairman's Introduction

Alexandre Dahan, Chief of Party

Winrock International


Opportunities for scaling AgTech from farmers to factories in SE Asia


Making life better for cassava growers in Thailand


Development of waxy and high-amylose cassava for industrial applications

Prof. Dr. Peng Zhang, Principle Investigator

Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Discussion followed by Tea Break


Bioplastics & starch market outlook


China’s corn market & bioethanol policy - implications for regional starch markets


Final Discussion


Networking Reception for all speakers and delegates


End of Day One


Chairman’s Introduction


Slowly digestible starches

Dr. May Wee, Food R&D Lead Scientist

Roquette Asia Pacific Innovation Center


Application of pea starch in confectionery

Andre Heilemann, Director R&D

Emsland-Stärke Gmbh


Innovative biodegradable composite foams from starch extracted from pineapple stems

Dr. Kheng Lim Goh, Director - Research

Newcastle University International Singapore - NUIS


Discussion followed by Morning Reception


Banana starch/ flour as a potential feed ingredient

Megan Edwards, Owner

Integral Nutrition


Biogas in the starch sector, successes and failures and where we go next


Polyphenols modified starches & their applications in the food industry

Dr. Naphatrapi Luangsakul, Dean of School of Food Ind

King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang


Final Discussion. End of Morning Session. Followed by Lunch.


AgTech Innovation Symposium


William Sparks, Country Director

Winrock International

Juejan Tangtermthong, Technical Director (RAIN)

Winrock International

Meet entrepreneurs and companies through three highly interactive sessions
  • MunBot (an AI-app to help farmers detect plant disease through a photo)

Dr. Sujin Patarapuwadol


  • A quick and user-friendly strip test for Sri Lankan cassava mosaic virus with practical application in disease management and control

Dr. Oraprapai Gajanandana, Principal Researcher

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

  • SLCMV-ELISA Test Kit: An Accurate and Affordable Tool for High-Throughput Cassava Mosaic Disease Detection

Dr. Saengsoon Charoenvilaisiri, Researcher

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

  • Beauveria for management of whitefly and other insects

Dr. Alongkorn Amnuaykanjanasin, Principal Researcher

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

  • Tissue and bioreactor system for mass production of disease-free cassava

Dr. Yeetoh Dabbhadatta, Researcher

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

  • Revolutionizing Cassava Starch Industry with Eco-Efficiency Platform and Technology Transfer Package

Dr. Kanchana Saengchan, Researcher

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

  • Boosting Biogas Profits in Cassava Starch Factory with a Cutting-edge Training Curriculum

Dr. Tarworn Ruttithiwapanich, Researcher

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

AgTech Pitches

Short presentations by entrepreneurs and companies to quickly explain the challenge and solution. Audience engages with interactive question screen: post questions in real time directly from mobile phone, vote up questions from other participants, and respond to answers both during and after the presentations.

Speed Dating

Meet directly with entrepreneurs and companies to discuss innovations and to identify potential collaborations. Timed rounds ensure that participants have access to many innovations and great conversations.


Interactive session for participants to identify the most critical opportunities for achieving collective goals of the starch value chain. Small group discussions will be facilitated to lead to overall recommendations.

Separately Bookable Site Visit


Thursday, 29th Feb 2024 | (09:00 – 15:30 hrs.)

National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute

The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute
of Laos is mandated to undertake integrated agriculture, forestry and fisheries research in order to provide technical information, norms and results which help to formulate strategy in accordance with the government policies. NAFRI belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and is equal in status to other technical departments under MAF.



KT Agricultural Development Tapioca
Processing Factory

KT Agricultural Development Co., Ltd
has operated its Tapioca factory in Laos since 2021 with an aim to export the high-quality starch to China Mainland and Thailand. The factory has three sets of machinery that have a starch production capacity of 80,000 – 100,000 tons per year. The company selected the factory location in the middle of tapioca plantation and close to the Lao-China railway station which enables the transportation of their starch products, to Southern China and Eastern Thailand more convenient, faster, and cheaper.


09:00  Assemble at Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby
09:15 Depart
Arrive National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute
Brief introduction by Jonathan Newby on the tour

You will be visiting
Cassava tissue culture; molecular lab and disease screening; seed system and rapid multiplication; CMD resistance yield trials;
12:00 Finish tour
Adjourn for Lunch
13:30 Visit KT Agricultural Devt Tapioca processing factory
Tour for 1 hour
14:30 Finish tour
15:00 Return to Crowne Plaza Hotel


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