The workshop on measuring sustainable agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation for enhancing accountability in the post-2015 development agenda was inaugurated on Monday 24 November 2014 by Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Director of CAPSA, and Dr. Handewi P. Saliem, Director of the Indonesian Center for Agriculture Social Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS).
Dr. Weinberger welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of sustainable agriculture in context of the Rio+20 conference and the post-2015 development agenda. She stressed that while global processes for formulating the post-2015 development agenda are underway, a better and joint understanding of what sustainability really means is required,and we need to agree on ways to measure progress towards sustainable agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation targets.
Dr. Handewi in her remarks extended a welcome to the participants on behalf of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development. She highlighted the priority accorded by Indonesia to promoting sustainable agriculture, and stressed the need for exchanging individual country experiences through such workshops.
The workshop, being held from 24-28 November 2014, is organized by CAPSA and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with financial support from the Asia Pacific Regional Action Plan of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics. Twenty participants from 8 countries of South and South-East Asia, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand, are participating in this workshop.