Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).



From August 24th – 25th 2017; Head of CAPSA, Masakazu Ichimura, attended the first Village Development Forum co-hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Region, and Transmigration. The three-day event comprised Senior Official Meeting, International Symposium, and Parallel Workshop; was themed “Representing Village: Democracy, Autonomy, and Prosperity”. The event presented 18 speakers from Asia and the Pacific and was attended by approximately 250 participants from Asia-Pacific leaders in government, the private sector, academia, and other members of society to enrich rural development agendas.


ESCAP’s Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA-UNESCAP), in collaboration with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), organized the Regional Training Workshop on Transfer of Agricultural Technology with Specific Focus on "Application of ICT for Resilient Agriculture” from 18 to 20 July 2017.