The fourteenth session of CAPSA Governing Council marked a critical change in CAPSA’s institutional future. The session held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 13 December 2017 concluded with a decision by the member countries to transition into an independent intergovernmental organization outside of the UN system.


The United Nations General Assembly, in its 72nd Session, has officially adopted on December 20th, 2017, the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028. This Decade aims to serve as a framework to promote better public policies on Family Farming, and offers a unique opportunity to contribute end hunger and poverty as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Ita Sualia, CAPSA’s Research Consultant, on behalf of CAPSA’s Director, presented CAPSA’s perspective on Integrated Research-Extension through Regional Networking at the ASEAN Technical Meeting and Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on Higher Agriculture Education, Research and Extension (ASEAN-HAERE) for Food Security and Sustainability in Southeast Asia in Jakarta, 6-7 December 2017.


The Head of CAPSA, Masakazu Ichimura, delivered his remarks on ‘Towards a Future without Poverty’ at the EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum in Jakarta, 30-31 October 2017. The event was jointly held by the EAT Foundation and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, hosted around 700 participants from 60 countries. Policymakers, leaders, academia, private sector, NGOs, culinary expert, scientist, activists, and other stakeholders gathered to enact food as a cure for global challenges.