The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) organized a two-day 'Expert Consultation on Strengthening Linkages between Research and Extension to Promote Food and Nutrition Security' in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11 and 12 December, 2013. Over 40 participants from more than 10 countries including national leaders in agricultural research and extension from the Asia-Pacific region and representatives from civil society, private sector and international organizations took part in the event.
Major developments in area of stress-tolerant varieties in the Eastern gangetic plains of India has helped enhance crop productivity and yields sharply. A classic example is the submergence-tolerant rice variety that can result in good yields, even after two weeks of submergence in floodwaters. Such varieties of crops assume significance due to their potential to assist smallholders to adapt to climate change and enhance their livelihoods.
Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is an appraisal method that provides analysis of social gains and losses that could arise from the adoption of a particular technology or project. The CBA methodology is widely used in agriculture for assessing the usefulness of a new technology before its application on the ground. If the benefit of technology application exceeds the cost, the adoption and implementation of a new technology by relevant stakeholders can be justified economically.
The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Afghanistan, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) of Afghanistan, and the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) jointly organized two training programmes on pest management for food crops in Kabul, Afghanistan, in September 2013.
In the context of SATNET Asia, this training activity was co-organized by the Trade and Investment Division (TID) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), ESCAP's regional institute – the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), and the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) of India.
On the morning of 20 September, Mr Hen Nang and Mr Chrat Savat knocked on the door of the Annâdya Project Office – a SATNET associate based in Banlung, Cambodia. The two poor farmers had come from Katieng village in Lumphat district 35 km away, spending more than one-third of their daily income of $4 on motorbike fuel, to learn about the edible cricket breeding programme started by Annâdya in several other villages. Deciding not to wait for project extension staff to visit them, the two went to Banlung as they were keen to try cricket breeding to supplement their household diets and incomes and inspire others in their village to do the same.