Federation shall aim at promoting researches in soil and related sciences
and disseminating the acquired knowledge and technology for the benefit
of the member societies in the region of East and Southeast Asia.
By doing so, the Federation shall contribute to the sustainable development
of the region through harmonization of agricultural production and
Federation shall also aim at promoting the effective participation
of member societies and of individual soil scientist of the region
in the work of the International Union of Soil Sciences.
the 13th Hamburg International Congress of Soil Science Society (ICSS)
in 1986, a working group (WG) on Paddy Soil Fertility was established
and Prof. Hidenori Wada, University of Tokyo, was elected as the first
Chairman of the WG. Prof. Wada made every effort to organize the first
symposium at Chiang Mai, Thailand, with cooperation of the Late Dr.
SamarnPanichapong, Secretary of WG and then Advisor of IBSRAM (International
Board for Soil Research and Management). In December 1988, a symposium
was held with the general theme “Paddy Soil Fertility: Past, Present
and Future“, and attended by 180 scientists from 15 countries. The
success of the symposium clearly showed that there was sheer need
to enhance opportunity for exchange of information in rice research
and technology among the countries with rice-based farming systems
as an important component of their agriculture.
the same period of time, while preparing for the 14th International
Congress of Soil Science (ICSS) to be held at Kyoto, Japan, in 1990,
the Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (SSPN) was
examining, under the leadership of Ex-President Dr. Akira Tanaka,
a plan to establish a regional body to promote researches specifically
related to rice cultivation in Monsoon Asia. The plan was adopted
and formally resolved at the Annual Meeting of the Society in April
1990 and the task was handed over to Prof. KazutakeKyuma, Kyoto University,
then newly elected President of the Society. Prior to the Kyoto Congress
of ICSS, Prof. Kyuma sent by mail an appeal of the Japanese Society
of SSPN to the national soil science societies within Monsoon Asia
to set up a regional body of academic societies working in the fields
of soil science, plant nutrition and fertilizer technology in relation
to rice cultivation.
many of the national societies expressed a positive response to the
appeal, Prof. Kyuma convened the first meeting on Aug. 15, 1990 in
Kyoto, during the session of the ICSS. The meeting was attended by:
Zhao Qi-guo, Gong Zi-tong (China-Mainland); Chiu Tsai-Fua, Wang Yin-Po
(China, Taiwan); J.S. Kanwar, I.P. Abrol (India); N. Nishizawa, K.
Kyuma (Japan); Um Ki-Tae, Jo In-Sang (Korea); Zahari Abu Bakar (Malaysia);
SomsriArunin, PisootVijarnsorn, TasneeAttanandana, IrbKheoruenromne,
this meeting, Prof. Kyuma gave a brief explanation on his proposal
to establish a regional body of the societies of soil science and
related sciences in the countries in South, Southeast and East Asia,
as already stated in his letter to every national society. He reported
that he had received 6 positive answers by communication from the
national societies of China-Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines,
Sri Lanka and Thailand. He then confirmed the positive attitude from
the delegates of China-Mainland and India who attended the meeting.
Thus, altogether 9 national societies, including Japan, agreed upon
to formulate a regional organization.
of the regional organization in relation to the regional delineation
was discussed and after some discussion “East and Southeast Asia Federation
of Soil Science Societies*” was unanimously adopted with an understanding
that this regional delineation is justified by the emphasis placed
on rice-based cropping systems as an important component of agricultural
production system in the region.
Rules of the Federation were drafted during the period of the Kyoto
Congress of ICSS and distributed to the delegates of the member countries
and they were officially accepted. According to the Rules, the first
office was held by the Japanese Society of SSPN for a two-year term,
1990-1992, and Prof. Kyuma became the first President.
the national societies of Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam became
the members, so the membership covers 12 countries within the region
as of March 2009.
members shall consist of any scientific societies concerned with soil
science, plant nutrition and fertilizer management and technology
in any countries in East and Southeast Asia where rice-based cropping
system is an important component of agricultural production system.
Federation welcomes the societies which are located outside of the
region but interested in the activities of the Federation as the associate
members for promoting the objectives of ESAFS together.
: This matter was in the Newsletter of the Federation
Secretariat of this conference :