GCARD Asia-Pacific Activities and Reports
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Agricultural Research for Development in Asia and the Pacific – The Way Ahead, Bangkok, 30-31 October, 2009
Proceedings of the Face to Face Meeting download (870)
Agricultural Research for Development in the Asia-Pacific Region: Report on the E-Consultation
Through a series of electronic and face-to-face regional and global consultations, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) in collaboration with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) aims to reshape the global agricultural research agenda for development and reorient it to the needs of the poor through both the generation of new and relevant knowledge and the empowerment of rural communities to make use of all that is known. The consultation results will feed into the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), 2010. The process is being supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI).
The e-consultation in the Asia-Pacific region (South, Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific) spanned from 1st to 24th September. Nearly 100 different participants for a total of about 350 messages and 110,000 words had actively participated (details as per sub-regions and sectors will be sent separately).
Key Agricultural Development Issues
The stakeholders had endorsed a list of important issues (16 main drivers and 53 specific challenges) of agriculture-led development in the Asia-Pacific region (sent along with the list of ten questions). The key issues are grouped as below:
(i) Fighting Stubbornly High Hunger and Poverty: Stubbornly high hunger, undernutrition and poverty and high dependence on agriculture, especially for employment and livelihood, bridging the huge yield gaps by doubling the rates of growth of yield and income while improving input use efficiencies particularly in the vast rice ecologies and rainfed areas which are often the hunger and poverty hotspots;
(ii) Synergizing Productivity, Sustainability and Equity – Towards Evergreen Revolution: Extremely high and growing population pressure, nearly 75% of the world’s agricultural population cultivating only 37% of the world’s agricultural land under increasing land degradation, water scarcity and biodiversity erosion, thus underpinning the urgency of enhancing productivity in perpetuity by developing and adopting ecotechnologies towards creating an Evergreen Revolution;
(iii) Can Small Always be Beautiful – The Crisis of Entitlement: Predominance of small and marginal farmers and increasing land fragmentation, emphasizing the need to generate technologies suited to smallholders, to enhance labour productivity, and to enhance access to land, water, energy, inputs, credit and insurance;
(iv) Research – The Engine of Growth and Development: Centrality of technology, information, knowledge and innovations for development and to promote informed diversification to optimise opportunities in horticulture, livestock, fishery and agroforestry and to meet the challenges of rising income, inequity, urbanization and human health, and to revitalise the technology generation and diffusion process;
(v) Linking Farmers with Markets: Linking farmers with markets, strengthening post-harvest management, agroprocessing, value addition, enhancing food availability for the poor through market, trade and distribution reforms, safetynets and integrated on-farm – off-farm – non-farm employment and income; strengthening bio-security toward safe and green agriculture and facilitating international trade; and
(vi) Policy Support – A Must for Science-led Development: Policy options and actions for increased investment in agriculture and agricultural R&D, improving terms of trade for agriculture, participatory (involving public, private, NGO, CSO sectors and farmers) research, extension and education, input-output pricing, institutional and services supports, bioenergy, climate change management and minimization of distortions of crop-animal-soil-water cycles, regulatory measures and standards, gender sensitivity, and retention of youth in agriculture and agriculture-related activities.
GCARD 2010 Reports
Bangkok Declaration > download (716)
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