Effective technology transfer is critical for achieving the increases in food production needed to secure future supplies, enhance the incomes of the farming community and preserve environments. A two-day 'Policy Dialogue on the Role of Technology Transfer in Agriculture for Sustainable Development Outcomes' started on 10 February 2015 in Bogor Indonesia, to discuss more effective innovation systems and support for transfer of appropriate and affordable agricultural technologies to small farmers.
The dialogue was organized by CAPSA, a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and started by welcome statements of Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Director, CAPSA and Mr. Hari Priyono, Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Indonesia, emphasizing the need to work together and make long-term investments to ensure successful technology transfer to small farmers.
The Policy Dialogue is the third in the series of high-level meetings organized by the 'Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia' (SATNET Asia) – a project funded by the European Union. This event aims to bring into renewed focus the importance of technology transfer within the overall post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda.
More than eighty senior-level representatives of government research and extension institutions, NGOs, international organizations, academia and private sector in the Asia-Pacific region participated in this event.