About CAPSA

The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), based in Bogor, Indonesia. CAPSA was founded in 1981 as the CGPRT Centre (The Regional Coordination Centre for Research and Development of Coarse Grains, Pulses, Roots and Tuber Crops in the Humid Tropics of Asia and the Pacific). To reflect on the shift of its mission, during the sixty-sixth Commission session in May 2010 ESCAP member states adopted the decision to rename the Centre to Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA).

Vision

CAPSA's vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of hunger and poverty, where policymakers base their decisions and investment allocations on sound science that reflects the needs and perspectives of the rural poor, especially those who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Goal

CAPSA's goal is to reduce poverty and enhance food security in Asia and the Pacific by promoting sustainable agriculture.

Objectives

  • Enhanced national capacity for socioeconomic and policy research on sustainable agriculture for poverty reduction and food security
  • Enhanced regional coordination and networking to successfully scale up and scale out research findings that have implications for policy design and implementation related to sustainable agriculture and rural development
  • Enhanced capacity of policymakers and senior government officials to design and implement policies to achieve rural development, poverty reduction and food security through sustainable agriculture in Asia and the Pacific