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IAAHRD Rural Extension Centres (REC) supporting smallholder farmers in Indonesia24 Mar 2016

An "Agriculture Cooperatives Workshop of OIC Member Countries and Study Visits in Turkey" was held on 16-17 November 2015 in Ankara, Turkey under the framework of a project for the "Establishment of Database Network Connection and Web Pages of Smallholders’/Family Farmers’ Agricultural Cooperatives between COMCEC Member States". The Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Extension and Human Resources Development (IAAHRD) made a country presentation on work being conducted by its Rural Extension Centres (REC). 

Promoting Livelihoods Improvement and Food Security in Myanmar’s Dry Zone24 Mar 2016

The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA-UNESCAP) is leading the implementation of the project "An Integrated Rural Economic and Social Development Programme for Livelihoods Improvement in the Dry Zone of Myanmar" in collaboration with other regional and national partners. The project, funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), is strengthening capacities of policymakers (especially at the local level), LIFT development partners, and the private sector, to coordinate and exchange knowledge through knowledge sharing and collaboration mechanisms and to formulate policies as well as advocate for rural development, poverty reduction, livelihoods improvement and food security in the Dry Zone which suffers from a high incidence of poverty. A range of analytical and capacity building activities are underway in the project. 

Vacancy announcement: Director II (Training), Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang11 Mar 2016

The Human Resource Division, Bhutan Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) is pleased to re-announce the vacancy of Director II (Training) for its Rural Development Training Centre, Zhemgang. 
Interested In-service candidates who meet eligible criteria may apply to the Human Resource Division, MoAF latest by 25 March, 2016.

Commercial agriculture and resilient livelihoods enhancement programme launched 11 Mar 2016

Dasho Tenzin Dhendup, Honorable Secretary of Bhutan Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) inaugurated the official launch of the Commercial Agriculture and Resilient Livelihoods Enhancement Programme (CARLEP) on 7 March, 2016 in Mongar, Bhutan. CARLEP is a follow up programme to the current Market Access and Growth Intensification Project (MAGIP). It will build on the lessons and experiences from past IFAD funded projects and support the priorities of the government towards agricultural commercialization while emphasizing on the resilience to climate change. 

Workshop on Best Practices in Mung Bean (Green Gram) Seed Production, Quality Control and Maintenance10 Mar 2016

Under the project entitled “An Integrated Rural Economic and Social Development Programme for Livelihoods Improvement in the Dry Zone of Myanmar” funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT -, the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with Network Activities Group (NAG), organized a Workshop on Best Practices in mung bean (green gram) Seed Production, Quality Control and Maintenance, in Magway, Myanmar, from 29 February-1 March 2016. 

Vacancy Announcement: APAARI’s Knowledge Management Associate09 Feb 2016

APAARI is looking to systematize its Knowledge Management (KM) efforts to drive innovative ideas, learning and collaboration. In particular, it will: (i) develop a KM approach that will become an important part of APAARI’s strategic planning; (ii) enhance KM infrastructure, processes and tools to better inform and engage APAARI stakeholders; (iii) improve KM capacity of stakeholders; (iv) enhance policy advocacy to strengthen research-policy interface; and (v) use improved KM to mobilize resources for agricultural research and innovation.