Banten province is gateway of Indonesia where Soekarno-Hatta International airport, which is the largest and busiest airport in Indonesia, is located in this province. Banten is situated in westhern of Java island and adjacent to Jakarta. Futhermore, recognising the geographical position, trade, and labor, Banten province is a buffer zone for Jakarta as the capital of Indonesia.

The establishment of Banten Province was inextricably linked to the influence of historical background, especially the heyday of the kingdom of Banten and the struggle against the colonialism. The Sultanate of Banten experienced a peak of glory during the reign of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (1631-1692). At this time, Banten became the center of the spread of Islam and the port of Banten was recognized as the center of international trade. The proof of the triumph of the Banten Sultanate can be witnessed, namely the remnants of the past, such as the site of the Surosowan Palace of the Sultanate of Banten, relics stored in the Archaeological Museum of Banten, and the Great Mosque of Banten.

The total area of Banten is 9.663 Km2, consisting of 4 Regencies and 4 Cities, with the capital city is Serang City. Based on population projections for 2018, Banten population were 12,7 million people. Geografically, the region is surrounded by Java Sea in the North, Sunda Straits in the West, and facing the India Ocean in the South. These make Banten as a region with very great of beach tourism and sea product resources. Beside beach tourism, the province has many other fascinating tourism that is almost infinite such as nature tourism, historical tourism, industrial tourism, and agro tourism.

The Province has a great number of nature and culture attractions. The most famous of them are the wildlife reserve of Ujung Kulon National Park on the southwestern tip of Java, the isolated communities of the mysterious Baduy, the Anyer and Tanjung Lesung unspoiled beaches, the son of Krakatau volcano which rises impressively from the Java sea, and historical place Great Mosque of Banten Kingdom.

 

Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University is a state university as a transformation from a private university established on October 1, 1981 and was officially declared on March 9, 2001 based on Presidential Decree No. 32 of 2001. Untirta is the highest institution of formal education in Banten Province which is not only assigned to deliver its students becoming a graduate masters science, technology and art with character but will also be a place to maintain and develop, disseminate and utilize the knowledge, technology and art needed by the wider community as a form of professional, social and moral responsibility.

Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University aspires to become an innovative, advanced, quality and characterized institution of higher education and continues to adapt to global change. Our vision is establishing Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University as an advanced, excellent, characterized, and competitive university in togetherness. The excellent means the achievement of the quality of service which provides satisfaction to the students who are expert in science and technology and are able to collaborate and build networks and communicate towards the progress of Nation, civilization, and human welfare. The competitive means the realization of motivation of university member (lecturers, education staffs, and students) to have comparative excellence and competitive excellence, to survive any situation and challenge, and are able to adapt to the environment. The characterized means the achievement of university member who are expert in science and technology by up

Agriculture sector has huge potential in terms of increasing added value in primary production through processing. In addition, the value of agricultural production (together with production in the Forestry and Fisheries Sectors) contributed significantly to drive the economy to the future especially for the society in rural areas. However, rural poverty and unemployment are two of the most critical issues right now and predicted continuous for some years to come. Furthermore, food security is another critical issue that should also be given distinctive consideration.

On the other hand, the development of agriculture and economic progress of the community, especially in rural areas, requires scientific studies and the application of extensive research results.

As a scientific forum, the 1st International Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development (ICARD) is intended to share knowledge, unite ideas, and find out suitable strategies for sustainable agriculture with empowering potency of rural area under global and local issues.