The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), a Regional Institution of ESCAP, organized a workshop on 'Enhancing Innovation and Competitiveness of micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) in Response to the ASEAN Integration for Agro-enterprise' on 28-29 September 2016 in Manila, the Philippines. The workshop was organized in partnership with the Technology Application Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) and DOST-Region XI.
Using innovative data collection, analytical methods and knowledge-sharing, SATNET has compiled much-needed information about sustainable agricultural technologies and trade facilitation in its policy briefs. This evidence-based information aims to guide decision-making, from local to international levels, on policy choices to enable small farms in Asia and the Pacific reduce regional food insecurity and poverty without damage to the environment.
As part of its activities to strengthen South-South dialogue and intraregional learning on sustainable agriculture and trade facilitation, SATNET Asia is working with diverse stakeholders to reduce food insecurity in the Asia-Pacific region. An example of such partnership is the recent intraregional study tour programme involving South and South-East Asian smallholder value-chain actors that took place in Cambodia, India, Nepal and Thailand.
The ‘Regional Open Innovation Forum on Promoting Nanotechnology and Agriculture for Sustainable Development’ was held in Shah Alam, Malaysia from 27 to 28 October 2014. Organized by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Government of Malaysia, the Forum discussed how the Open Innovation approach could be used to accelerate innovation in nanotechnology and agriculture for sustainable development.
Aiming to enhance the food and nutrition security of the poorest sections of the population in hard-to-reach areas in Bangladesh and India, NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice, a charitable and independent organization registered in Germany and Bangladesh, and its eight partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are implementing the 'Sustainable Technology Transfer to Enhance Productivity of Ultra Poor (STEP UP) project in the two countries since December 2011. Targeting the poorest 20 per cent of the population in 13 districts of Bangladesh and India, the project is reaching out to a total of 19,092 ultra-poor households, including many indigenous people. Six NETZ partner NGOs are implementing project activities in seven districts in north and north-western Bangladesh while in India, two partner NGOs are working in four districts of West Bengal State and two districts of Jharkhand State.
The series of recently concluded interregional study tours for smallholder value-chain actors represented an alternative approach by SATNET to share and upscale sustainable technologies and farm-level innovations across countries. The visits were made possible by close collaboration and knowledge partnership between project partners, associates and other organizations that are part of this growing network. The practical exposure to good practices in sustainable agriculture and trade facilitation that the visits provided to smallholder representatives from South and South-East Asia facilitated the transfer of knowledge to those who need it most and strengthened the SATNET Asia network.