The workshop on technology transfer for sustainable agriculture was officially opened this morning, Monday, 28 April 2014 by Dr. Handewi P. Saliem, Head of Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS) on behalf of Dr. Haryono, Director General of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), and Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Director of CAPSA.
Dr. Weinberger, in her opening remarks, highlighted effective technology transfer
as a key to meeting the challenges facing agriculture. She elaborated that the identification, dissemination, adaptation and adoption of appropriate technologies can help farmers bridge the yield gap and increase cropping intensity to achieve production growth and sustainability.
Dr. Haryono, in his message to the workshop participants, emphasized that international cooperation can play an important role in promoting technology transfer in Indonesia, particularly in terms of mobilizing additional resources, enabling access to innovative and sustainable agricultural technologies, and facilitating knowledge sharing and capacity building. He expressed the hope that
the workshop will provide the participants a strategic link to help consolidate regional positions on sustainable agriculture issues and advocate approaches to meet regional socio-economic challenges.
The workshop took place from 28 April to 2 May 2014, and was jointly organized by CAPSA, the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture, and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. It aimed to strengthen national capacities for transfer of agricultural technologies that are sustainable, productivity-enhancing, gender sensitive, and suitable for resource poor farmers, thereby promoting improved food security.
The participants included officials from Indonesia as well as Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, the Philippines and Timor-Leste representing their Ministry of Agriculture and related government institutions working on agricultural policy and extension.
The training was conducted as part of CAPSA's capacity building programme on sustainable agriculture and complements outreach activities organized under SATNET Asia (www.satnetasia.org), a Knowledge Network facilitated by CAPSA and funded by the European Union. Moreover, the year 2014 represents the 40th anniversary of IAARD and this training marked the continued strengthening of international cooperation efforts of the Government of Indonesia in the field of sustainable agriculture, poverty alleviation and food security.