Date: 18 February 2013
Ninth Session of the Governing Council of
the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture
Bogor, Indonesia – Representatives of Afghanistan, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand convened the ninth 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). The Governing Council gathered in Bogor from 14 to 15 February 2013 and was hosted by the Government of Indonesia.
The following observers joined the meeting: Cambodia, Germany, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam, as well as representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Mr. Kasdi Subagyono, the Executive Secretary of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development represented the host country Indonesia during the opening ceremony and expressed the commitment of Indonesia to continue supporting CAPSA. The Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Mr. Shun-ichi Murata, opened the meeting with an emphasis on the need for radical changes in the way we produce, store, process, distribute and access food and CAPSA’s role in finding solutions for these challenges.
At its ninth session, the Governing Council of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture reviewed activities and achievements of CAPSA in 2012; the administrative and financial status of CAPSA in 2012; and progress of the Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET Asia). The Council endorsed the proposed work plan of the Centre for 2013.
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.