Date: 28 March 2012
Eighth Session of the Governing Council of the
Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture
Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Representatives of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam as well as international organizations attended the Eighth Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (ESCAP) subsidiary Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) hosted here from 21 to 22 March by the Government of Indonesia.
In her message to the session, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Noeleen Heyzer emphasized the need for Asia-Pacific countries to work together to identify sustainable approaches to achieve food security for all. ESCAP member states should provide increased and more stable institutional support to CAPSA to enable it to assist Asia-Pacific countries more effectively in facilitating South–South co-operation, Dr. Heyzer added in her statement read out by Officer-in-Charge of the ESCAP Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division Dr. Aynul Hasan.
The Governing Council recommended that the Centre should continue to focus on technology development and promoting an enabling policy environment for sustainable agriculture, including addressing the nexus between food, energy and water security. It also suggested that member states should help identify innovative and sustainable mechanisms to increase institutional support funding to CAPSA.
Participants to the council session joined a field trip to the Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology and visits to farmer groups in Gunung Kidul district, Yogyakarta, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia.
ESCAP, with CAPSA, is implementing Resolution 65/4 adopted by the 65th ESCAP Commission Session on Strengthening of the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Secondary Crops Development in Asia and the Pacific aimed at making CAPSA an effective knowledge centre embracing South–South cooperation on poverty alleviation through sustainable agriculture.
CAPSA efforts have won recognition with a €2.5-million European Union grant for 2012-2014 and it in implementing activities in the area of information management to ensure it provides information of the highest value to ESCAP member states.