Announcement: CAPSA website will be temporarily offline
The seventy-fourth session of ESCAP Commission, held in Thailand from 11 to 16 May 2018, adopted resolution 74/5 on Transition of the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) to an intergovernmental organization outside the United Nations system. This resolution fully endorsed the recommendation by the fourteenth session of the Governing Council of CAPSA. CAPSA will therefore conclude its operation as a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) as of 30 June 2018 after more than 30 years serving its member countries.
In this context, CAPSA website will become offline as of 30 June 2018.
On the other hand, the Government of Indonesia has announced that it will lead the transition of CAPSA, and together with the other Governing Council members, support the establishment of a new organization to succeed CAPSA mandate and operation. It is anticipated that a new website will be open when the new organization has been established.
CAPSA would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the users and visitors of the website.
Based on the advice of the CAPSA Office Task Team (OES/SPMD/DA/CAPSA), CAPSA organized a knowledge transfer event on 8 May 2018 in Bogor, Indonesia. The purpose was to present comprehensive information on CAPSA’s history, scope, past activities and achievements and operational methodologies/know-hows, for relevant officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, agricultural research centres and other partners in Indonesia, as well as from other CAPSA member countries, and thereby to facilitate the designing of a new organization to inherit CAPSA operations with enhanced ownership of the member countries.
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).
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.