This year’s UN4U event was held on 7 October 2012 at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Bogor, Indonesia. It was part of the 4th International Association of Students’ in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS) Olympic 2012. CAPSA participated in this event organized by the IAAS Local Committee, Bogor Agricultural University and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Indonesia. The aim of the event was to familiarize students with the roles, principles and values of the United Nations both globally and in Indonesia.
Ms. Martina Spisiakova, Knowledge Management Officer represented CAPSA and the UN as a speaker. In her presentation “Managing knowledge towards sustainable agriculture”, she stressed that sustainable agriculture begins with knowledge and people. She also pointed out that knowledge sharing, learning and adaptation has been driving agricultural evolution for thousands of years. Drawing on examples from a regional project managed by CAPSA and funded by the European Union, SATNET Asia, she presented the relevance and importance of knowledge management in achieving sustainable agriculture. In particular, she highlighted how each business process should lead to learning and adaptation for continuous improvement, impact and scaling up.
SATNET Asia is a Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia. It connects institutions that promote sustainable agricultural technologies and improved market linkages in the region. Through this project it is hoped that farmers learn about and apply sustainable technologies so that people have more food and healthier food to eat. Martina concluded her presentation by reminding all participants that knowledge is only valuable when it is shared. She encouraged the students to continue learning using the words of Steve Jobs – “Stay hungry” – however, not for food but for knowledge. This is because the world needs farmers as well as agricultural advisors whom most of these students are likely to become.
More than 200 students attended the event. Video presentations on the works and principles of the United Nations System were also shown.