What is SATNET Asia?
The Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and Southeast Asia (SATNET Asia) is a network of institutions and people that share knowledge on sustainable agricultural technologies and improved market linkages in the region. SATNET Asia facilitates knowledge transfer through the development of a portfolio of best practices on sustainable agriculture and trade facilitation.
SATNET Asia targets various actors along domestic and regional value chains who play roles as change agents and innovators. More than 45 institutions in target countries, including government entities, research and academic institutions, NGOs, donors and private sector organizations, are Associate members of the Network and over 1400 people are part of the broader network.
The SATNET Asia portal provides a platform for researchers and practitioners to share and exchange information on sustainable agriculture technologies and market linkages in in the region. In particular, the portal aims to:
- Share news and information on events and key activities of Network participants as well as job, training and funding opportunities;
- Facilitate access to research publications, policy briefs, factsheets and training materials
- Provides a database of information on sustainable agriculture technologies being promoted by Network participants
- Allows Network participants to engage with one another through an online discussion platform called the SATNET Social Hub and comment on information contained in the portal
How SATNET Asia came about
Although some countries in the region have made great strides toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, rural poverty and malnutrition, gender inequalities and environmental degradation remain problematic issues. Agriculture (including fisheries, aquaculture, horticulture and forestry) is critical to employment and livelihoods in most of these countries, yet growth within the sector, especially in less-favoured environments, has remained low. Although past decades have witnessed unprecedented growth in the agricultural sector, too little of this growth has benefited the poorest and most vulnerable.
The current organization of knowledge, science, and technology cannot adequately deal with the challenges to sustainable food systems because information on food, health, agriculture, forestry, landscape management, rural areas, environment, climate, ecology, and policy trends continue to reside in separate 'knowledge silos'. This has resulted in two major factors contributing to low growth: the lack of alternative technologies to address the needs in particular of poor farmers, and bottleneck design flaws in methods for disseminating and upscaling technologies and access to markets for poor farmers.
SATNET Asia was designed to address the issue of the lack of alternative agricultural technologies and their dissemination to poor farmers. The network is also addressing trade constraints for import and export of food and agro products of target countries by assisting in the identification of measures for the facilitation of regional trade and their transfer to the different agents along domestic and regional value chains.
The Network was established with funding support from the European Union. The three-year initiative (2012-2015) was implemented by the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) in collaboration with Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), Trade and Investment Division (TID) of ESCAP, The World Vegetable Center – East and Southeast Asia (AVRDC ESEA) and the Food Security Center (FSC), University of Hohenheim. The project worked closely with Associate organizations who are government and civil society actors along domestic and regional value chains that play a role as change agents and innovators and comprise the main stakeholders of the Network.