THEME 2: Identifying Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Practices

Some countries of the region are already paying more attention to sustainable technologies and policies; pockets of success include diversification into high-value crops, organic agriculture and renewable energy. Underlying factors for these successes must be identified and transferred to other regions and to other production options. In particular, technologies and practices for farming systems in use by poor and marginal farmers must be identified. Under this theme, CAPSA, in collaboration with its network of partners coordinates activities that result in the identification of best practices for sustainable agriculture in different subregions of Asia and the Pacific, especially subregions and areas characterized by high levels of poverty and food insecurity.

The outcome of this theme will include suggestions for successful adaptation and adoption of 'what works' in some subregions into farming systems of other regions in Asia and the Pacific, and will result in better knowledge on available technologies, on the identification of best practices and policy options that support sustainable production technologies, and focus on policy design that enables increasing productivity with inputs available to farmers in marginal and remote areas.


Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and Southeast Asia (SATNET Asia)

Capacity Building

Addressing the food security challenges in Asia requires appropriate technologies, knowledge and know-how to be readily available, as well as measures to bolster regional trade in agricultural produce. To achieve this, stakeholders from different countries and within individual countries need to work together to ensure that the seeds sown by researchers are reaped by farmers, particularly smallholders, to enrich the value chain. Launched in March 2012 with €2.6 million in EU funding, the SATNET Asia Network aims to facilitate knowledge transfer among various agents of change in the agricultural sector for the benefit of poor and marginalized farmers. The focus is on supporting innovation by strengthening South-South cooperation.

With members from 10 countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and 15 Indian states – SATNET Asia brings together national and international research organizations, representatives of the private sector, as well as agricultural foundations, farmers' organizations and NGOs. The network currently has around 20 participating organizations. SATNET Asia is developing a 'technology bank' of agricultural know-how to identify priority technologies and innovation systems. SATNET Asia will organize trainings, workshops and consultations. The network will also use social media for knowledge transfer and hold a regional trade exhibition. The key goal is to facilitate transfer of knowledge on sustainable agricultural practices and intraregional trade.


Capacity building

Capacity-building on Agricultural Policy Research:
Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security and Poverty Reduction

Capacity Building

Capacity-building for policy analysis on poverty reduction and food security through sustainable agriculture is an imperative in the current global environment where a great deal of uncertainty exists on the sustainability of current agricultural practices.

The objective of the workshop series is to provide an opportunity for researchers and officials who play leading roles in policy research and design and implemention of strategies, programmes and projects on food security, poverty and sustainable agriculture in government ministries and affiliated institutes to enhance their understanding of the current state of global food insecurity, poverty and sustainable agriculture and sharpen their skills in policy analysis.

Investing in sustainable agriculture for food security and poverty reduction

Lasting food security in Indonesia will come about with increased investment in agriculture. This would require reforms in several key sectors, including land ownership, water resources, agricultural infrastructure and farmer institutions. High-level decision makers discussed these issues in Indonesia, and heard of successful models from Brazil, India and South Korea in a high-level two-day international conference Investing in sustainable agriculture for food security and poverty reduction, held on 27-28 July 2011. The conference was organized by the United Nations' regional institute, the UNESCAP Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), in collaboration with the Brighten Institute, a national public policy and development institute, based in Bogor, Indonesia.