Date: 13 February 2015
Eleventh Session of the Governing Council of
the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture
Bogor, Indonesia – Representatives of Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Thailand convened the eleventh session of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), a subsidiary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Several observers also participated in the meeting. The Governing Council gathered in Bogor from 12 to 13 February 2015 and was hosted by the Government of Indonesia.
In his message to the session, The Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia Dr. Andi Amran Sulaiman emphasized the hope that CAPSA's work will provide the member countries a strategic link between global trends and countries in the region as well as policy measures in consolidating regional positions and advocates approaches to meet the socio-economic challenges. With full support from member countries, CAPSA is expected to fulfil these goals, Dr. Amran added in his statement read out by the Director of Indonesian Center for Agricultural Social Economics and Policy Studies (ICASEPS), Dr. Handewi Saliem during the opening ceremony.
The Governing Council of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture reviewed the implementation of CAPSA's 2014 work programme, and the proposed 2015 work programme, as well as the administrative and financial status of CAPSA. The progress of the Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET Asia) was also presented.
Member States expressed their support to CAPSA, and highlighted that CAPSA, through its work, contributes to the transformation in knowledge management for sustainable agriculture across the Asia and Pacific region.
The Council made several recommendations regarding the financial viability of the Centre and the relevance of its work as well as the modalities that should be adopted in the implementation of its work programme in the future.