News and Activities
Thirty-third AVRDC international vegetable training course concludes with focus on sustainable development
The 33rd International Vegetable Training Course organized by AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center and titled ”Vegetables: From seed to table and beyond” that started on 15 September 2014, ended on 5 December 2014 with the final Module 3 on vegetables for sustainable development. The training was held in collaboration with SATNET Asia and the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center at Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen Campus, Nakon Pathom, Thailand.
SATNET Asia Policy Briefs
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.
Progress on SATNET analytical work on sustainable agricultural technologies
The Food Security Center, based in the University of Hohenheim, Germany and a SATNET implementing partner, has finalized the sustainability analysis of about 30 agricultural technologies suggested by SATNET participants. The results of the analysis will be shared through a policy brief titled "Harnessing the opportunities of technology transfer for sustainable development" that will be published soon. Factsheets on 11 technologies were developed in close collaboration with technology experts from the Network, with voluntary inputs by external reviewers. More technology factsheets are being prepared and the 11 factsheets will be available with other related information on the SATNET online database to be launched soon.
Annâdya evaluation shows improved food and nutrition security for rural communities in Cambodia and Lao PDR
The three-year Project for Promoting Appropriate Technology for Smallholders to Increase Food Security among Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), known as ‘Annâdya’, was recently evaluated as it nears completion in January 2015. While final analysis is yet to be completed, this article highlights preliminary findings of the evaluation of the project impact in relation to food security and nutrition of poor indigenous communities and ethnic minorities in the rural areas of Ratanakiri province in Cambodia and Attapeu province in Lao PDR.
South Asian stakeholders learn about post-harvest management and marketing strategies for small farmers
On 26 November 2014, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, hosted the training ‘Post-harvest Management and Market Linking for Vegetables and Fruits in South Asia’. The three-day programme was the final sub-regional SATNET training session in South Asia and was organized by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), in partnership with the World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC) - South Asia.
Expressions of interest invited for translation of training manuals
The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) is inviting qualified candidates to express their interest in contractual assignments under the SATNET Asia project to translate the training manuals on IPM and on Post-harvest, Trade and Marketing into Bangla, Hindi, Khmer and Laotian.
FAO launches Asia Pacific Agricultural Extension and Outreach Network – APAEON
A new network designed to share the latest agricultural knowledge among Asia-Pacific governments and other stakeholders and extend that knowledge to front line farmers, fishers and other land users was launched on 17 December 2014 in Bangkok. The joint launch involved FAO, the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institute (APAARI) and CAPSA.
Annâdya and French Red Cross teams exchange: Two projects funded by the European Union meet in Cambodia
French Red Cross (FRC) team welcomed members of Ratanakiri branch of Annâdya to share experience on water technologies and water system management; homegardening; livestock raising as well as Community-Based Organizations on the 12/11/2014 in Anlong Veng (Oddar Meanchey province, Cambodia).
Call for applications for the best innovations in the agriculture and forestry sectors to fight against the impacts of climate change
AFD and Cirad invite all innovators from Africa, the Mediterranean, Asia, Latin America and Overseas Territories to submit their applications for the innovations competition Climate Challenge Agriculture and Forestry. The aim of this competition is to support innovators and encourage them to make ideas and techniques reality, in order to address the challenges that the agriculture and forestry sectors need to face due to climate change, and support sustainable development.
SATNET collaborations accelerate technology transfer to smallholder farmers
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.
Expressions of interest invited for an evaluation consultant
The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) is seeking to engage a qualified evaluation expert to provide an objective evaluation of results obtained by the SATNET Asia project.
Annâdya project helps 22 villages in north-east Cambodia attain water security
The majority of residents of the rural areas in Ratanakiri Province in the remote north-eastern region of Cambodia are indigenous people, who traditionally make a living from forest resources and rely to a lesser extent on family farming for their food and income. However, what was once a viable, though precarious way of life has now turned into a state of food insecurity, nutritional deficiency and poverty due to the massive deforestation and development of cash crop plantations under way in this part of Cambodia.
SATNET shares its experience as a knowledge broker with the Regional Open Innovation Forum in Malaysia
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.
SATNET training on integrated pest management for vegetables in Cambodia
A training programme on integrated pest management (IPM) was organized from 30 September to 3 October 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to develop local knowledge and skills on IPM systems for major vegetable crops. Organized through SATNET Asia and conducted by AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center in collaboration with the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC), the training brought together 19 participants from government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community organizations.