The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) organized a two-day 'Expert Consultation on Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension to Promote Food and Nutrition Security' in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11 and 12 December, 2013. Over 40 participants from more than 10 countries including national leaders in agricultural research and extension from the Asia-Pacific region and representatives from civil society, private sector and international organizations took part in the event.
The meeting deliberated upon an Action Framework to guide future efforts of stakeholders in enhancing research-extension partnerships in the Region. Participants acknowledged the diversity of extension systems and players and agreed that more cognizance of policy makers on how to strengthen research-extension linkages is urgently required. As a key outcome, FAO-RAP announced its support for incubation of a regional network for agricultural extension services for the Asia-Pacific. The Action Framework is expected to contribute to more sustainable food systems and improved farmers' productivity in the region.
The meeting was co-sponsored by the Asia Pacific Association of Agriculture Research Institutions (APAARI), and the European Union-funded 'Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and Southeast Asia' (SATNET Asia) project.