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.
Through the Head’s participation in Parallel Workshop, CAPSA presented the perspective and experience of CAPSA in enhancing economic viability in village communities (lessons from Asia and the Pacific). CAPSA emphasized the necessity of holistic approach in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. CAPSA also encouraged alternative approaches for agro-based economic growth through building on local strengths, economic diversification, identifying untapped market potentials, maximum use of underutilized resources, innovative marketing strategies, access to unconventional investment, and enabling policies for rural livelihood.
Findings from studies on rural enterprise program showed that lack of technical skills in processing and packaging, insufficient credit financing, difficulty in market access, the high cost of imported raw materials, and relatively low self-esteem of the people are challenges faced by rural communities in Asia and the Pacific. Therefore CAPSA suggested several approaches that are preferably supporting in the promotion of regional or south – south cooperation, policy research and advocacy, improvement of market access and competitiveness, capacity building support via regional workshop, knowledge sharing and mutual learning, facilitation of financing tools and mechanism, stakeholder partnership, and infrastructures.
Head of CAPSA with other Delegated Speakers of the first Village Development Forum