CAPSA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand organized a 'Policy Analysis Workshop on Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Agriculture' from 28 October-1 November 2013 in Bangkok. The workshop, which was also supported by the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) in Japan as part of the Asia-Pacific Regional Action Plan of the Global Strategy to Improve Agriculture and Rural Statistics (RAP-GS), aimed to strengthen the capacity of officials working in ministries of agriculture and their affiliated institutions to undertake high-quality policy analysis in the areas addressed by the workshop.
Over 40 researchers and policymakers from Thailand as well as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar and Viet Nam took part in the event. An eminent group of resource persons and experts from CAPSA, ESCAP, FAO, SIAP, University of Hohenheim and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center imparted training on relevant concepts and analytical techniques, and also shared real world policy and programme implementation experience with the participants. A field visit to the Huai Sai Royal Development Study Centre and Chang-Hua-Mun Royal Initiative Project in Phetchaburi province was also organized to enrich the learning of the participants.
The workshop was highly interactive and saw active engagement of the participants in the discussions. Requests for organizing follow up activities and hosting similar workshops in future were also received from some of the participating countries.