Capacity Building on Agricultural Policy Research

Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security and Poverty Reduction

Objectives

The objective of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for researchers and officials who play leading roles in policy research and design and implementation of strategies, programmes and projects on food security, poverty and sustainable agriculture in government ministries and affiliated institutes to enhance their understanding of the current state of global food insecurity, poverty and sustainable agriculture and sharpen their skills in policy analysis.

More specifically the workshop will:

  • Facilitate a dialogue among researchers and policymakers in the Asia-Pacific region on the current state of poverty, food insecurity and sustainable agriculture;
  • Allow researchers and policymakers to sharpen their analytical skills; and
  • Provide an opportunity to network among colleagues working in different ministries and institutes within and outside the country.

Workshop Content

Food security and poverty:

  • Concepts and measurements
  • Spread and depth of global hunger and poverty
  • Future outlook

Agricultural systems and sustainability:

  • Food insecurity and global agriculture
  • Agricultural production systems and driving forces
  • Concepts and measurements of sustainability
  • Indicators of agricultural sustainability

Methods and approaches to agricultural policy analyses:

  • Role of state in agriculture
  • Typology of agricultural policies
  • Criteria for policy evaluation
  • Policy modelling and simulations
  • Selected analytical methods

Farming systems approach:

  • Characterizing an agricultural production system
  • Identifying policy issues
  • Analytical tools

Agricultural statistics for policy analysis:

  • Survey methodology
  • Agricultural statistics
  • Database management techniques

Who Should Attend

Policymakers and researchers working on food security, poverty and agriculture in government ministries, affiliated research institutes and academic institutions will benefit from the capacity building workshop. Early career professionals who wish to excel in the field are also encouraged to attend the workshop provided that they have a background in policy analysis including in quantitative techniques.

Delivery Method

The workshop will consists of lectures, discussions and applied examples using real world data sets. Participants will have the opportunity to make group presentations. A team of international experts drawn from the United Nations system, universities and research institutes will conduct the lectures.

Duration

The normal duration of the workshop will be five days.

Further Information

Please write to:

Anshuman Varma
Knowledge Management Coordinator
CAPSA-ESCAP
Jl. Merdeka 145
Bogor 16111, INDONESIA
P: +62 251 834 3277, 835 6813
F: +62 251 833 6290
a.varma(at)uncapsa.org
capsa(at)uncapsa.org