Capacity building workshop on agricultural policy research


Sunday, 13 November 2011


Kandy, Sri Lanka

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The food and agriculture sector has been successful in feeding an increasing and wealthier population in many parts of the world. Asia witnessed a leap in productivity growth in agriculture due to the Green Revolution, supported by the continued use of advanced technology and management practices. However, the global agriculture has reached a crossroads where the current agricultural practices need to be re-evaluated on account of the enormous pressure they have created on the environment including land, water, ecosystems, fish stocks, forests and biodiversity. Global climate change has added a new dimension to the debate on agricultural sustainability and its capacity to continue to provide food for a global population expected to grow to be 9.2 billion by 2050. Rising per capita incomes and urbanization are expected to create more demand for food, putting more pressure on the already fragile ecosystems. It is estimated that the global cereal production must be increased globally by 70 per cent, and in developing countries by 100 per cent to meet the increased demand for food. This has implications for agricultural land use and soil, water resources, biodiversity and common property resources. If mitigation measures are not taken, the developing countries will experience negative economic, environmental and social consequences. Food insecurity and poverty, particularly among the people in marginal lands and the vulnerable groups, will be of a major consequence.

There is a growing realization among the farmers and other stakeholders including policy makers engaged in agricultural activities that increased productivity must be achieved using more sustainable approaches to agricultural development - producing adequate food and agricultural commodities without undermining the regenerative capacity of the ecosystems that support all plant and animal life forms. However, to a large extent the success of achieving agricultural sustainability rests on the nature agricultural policies, the way economic, environmental and social issues related to agriculture are managed, and coherence among policies targeting different objectives and areas.

Objectives of the training workshop

Overarching objectives of the capacity building workshop is to help governments in Asia and the Pacific to identify policy priorities to achieve agricultural production targets that are also environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. This course intends to strengthen the understanding of policy makers, scientists and researchers on challenges facing the global food and agricultural system and their analytical capacity to formulate and carrying out focused analyses and studies required for decision-making purposes to achieve sustainable agriculture and support food security and poverty reduction targets in rural areas.

Target audience

Scientists, researchers and policy makers, working in government ministries, research institutes and academic institutions directly related to work on agricultural development, food security or social welfare. Although admission is not restricted, the program will be most suitable for participants with background in food and agricultural production and consumption and familiarity with quantitative techniques such as basic mathematical modelling, econometrics and linear programming.

A maximum of 30 participants will be accommodated in one program to ensure participation in discussions and interactions.

Training staff
Lead Trainer, Resource Persons and Guest Lecturers.

Course delivery method
Each module consists of a short lecture, case studies, discussions and introduction to computer-based applications. Participants are expected to make group presentations on case studies.

For further information, please contact: Dr Upali Wickramasinghe, Regional Adviser on Poverty Reduction and Food Security at; or