News and Activities
Training on electronic traceability for agricultural trade facilitation and smallholder integration in Bangladesh
From 7-9 April 2014, the Trade and Investment Division (TID) of ESCAP conducted a training programme on 'Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration' in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was organized in collaboration with the Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). About 30 participants representing the Department of Fisheries and Agriculture, shrimp exporters and non-government organizations attended this training. In addition to the training sessions, Mr. Khan Salehin from TID presented the findings of a recent Business Process Analysis (BPA) study for agricultural products in Bangladesh.
Workshop on technology transfer for sustainable agriculture, 28 April-2 May 2014, Bogor, Indonesia
The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) is organizing a 'Workshop on Technology Transfer for Sustainable Agriculture' from 28 April-2 May 2014 in Bogor, Indonesia, in partnership with the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia, and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. The objective of the workshop is to support regional food security by strengthening national capacities for transfer of agricultural technologies that are sustainable, productivity enhancing, suitable for resource poor farmers, and gender sensitive.
Post-harvest training in Cambodia
In collaboration with the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Cambodia, AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, organized a course entitled 'Post-harvest technology and marketing systems for small-scale farmers' from 10-14 March 2014. Twenty-five extension staff and officers from various government and non-governmental organizations participated in this training. One of the key training outcomes was the development of action plans to engage pre-identified small-scale farming communities in the value chain and encourage them to minimize losses, add value and create links to markets. Part of these plans is also the integration of post-harvest techniques in future extension activities.
Women farmers lead innovation
The World Farmers Organisation (WFO) and Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) co-sponsored a parallel event at the United Nations (UN) Commission on Status of Women (CSW) on 12 March 2014 in New York. "Empowering Rural Women Through Agricultural Innovation" highlighted the farmer panelists' first-hand experiences from their family farm proving how innovation leads to women farmers' success and empowerment. Panelists included: Ms. Rose Akaki, Uganda; Ms. María Adela Nores Bodereau, Argentina; Ms. Mildred Crawford, Jamaica; and Mr. Robert Carlson, WFO President; and Mrs. Susan Carlson, WFO Women's Committee Chair moderated the panel.
Training stakeholders in Pakistan on cost-benefit analysis of agricultural technologies and biological control of agricultural pests and diseases
Following the successful SATNET training programme on cost-benefit analysis of agricultural technologies and biological control of agricultural pests and diseases conducted in Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal, key national stakeholders in Pakistan now also have an opportunity to participate in this training.
Article on riverbed farming wins first prize in Agriwaterpedia.info competition
An article on riverbed farming by Katharina Schiller, a master's student of the Food Security Center (FSC), University of Hohenheim, Germany, who took part in SATNET validation studies on sustainable agricultural technologies, has won the first prize in a competition organized by Agriwaterpedia.info. Agriwaterpedia.info is an online knowledge platform that focuses on agricultural water management and the challenge of achieving food security in the context of climate change in developing countries.
Enhancing post-harvest and marketing knowledge and skills of Cambodian agriculture specialists
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center, in collaboration with the Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia, will conduct a SATNET training programme on post-harvest technology and marketing systems for small-scale farmers from 10 to 14 March 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The training will target agriculture extension workers and specialists.
National training on biological control of agricultural pests and diseases, 5-7 March 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal
Biological control of pests and diseases is part of an integrated pest management (IPM) approach that reduces pest populations and controls diseases in agricultural crops by relying on natural enemies rather than chemicals. Following the first SATNET training in this field in Afghanistan in September 2013, the second such training is being organized from 5 to 7 March 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This capacity-building programme, organized jointly by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) and the Nepal Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), will target agriculture specialists and extension officers in Nepal.
National training on cost-benefit analysis of agricultural technologies, 3-4 March, Nepal
Following the successful SATNET training programme on cost-benefit analysis of agricultural technologies conducted by the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) in Bhutan last year, a similar programme has just been organized in Nepal from 3 to 4 March 2014. Agricultural researchers and extension workers under the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) in Nepal – a SATNET Associate and key partner in this event – had the opportunity to learn how to use Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) methodology to analyse social gains and losses that could arise from the adoption of a technology or implementation of a project.