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Scaling Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification in South Asia – A Policy Brief

Preamble Realising the importance of Conservation Agriculture (CA) and its scope in South Asia (SA), a high-level policy dialogue on Scaling Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (CASI) was jointly organised by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS) on 8 and 9 September 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The CIMMYT and the SRFSI project of the Australian supported Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) in SA facilitated its organization. In all, 64 participants, including high-level policy planners, senior NARS leaders, research leaders and senior scientists of the CGIAR centres, research institutions,...

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Invitation to a Webinar on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems with Universities – 16 November

APAARI Webinar with Universities: Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation – Bringing system-wide change in Asia-Pacific through the Adoption of the Common Framework – 16 November 2017, 13:00-14.30 hrs CET The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) is pleased to invite agricultural universities to a Webinar on ‘Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation – Bringing system-wide change in Asia-Pacific through the Adoption of the Common Framework’ that will take place on 16 November 2017 at 13:00-14:30 CET (Vienna). It is organized in collaboration with the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as well as the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) and Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR). Objectives The Webinar will bring together resource persons and the academic community focusing on agri-food research and innovation in the Asia-Pacific region, in the dialogue on capacity development. It aims to raise awareness on the importance of developing functional capacities to unlock the potential for agricultural innovation and the role of higher education in developing the respective capacities. It will also raise awareness among professionals in higher education on the Common Framework on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CD for AIS) developed by TAP and partners, its principles and tools, including functional capacities for AIS – individual, organizational and enabling environment. Expected outputs Improved understanding...

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Global Hunger Index 2017 Report

Foreword to 2017 GHI report On February 20, 2017, the world awoke to a headline that should have never come about: Famine had been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced anywhere in the world in six years. This was on top of imminent famine warnings in northern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, putting a total of 20 million people at risk of starvation. The formal famine declaration in South Sudan meant that people were already dying of hunger. Read...

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SAARC Regional Consultation on ‘Facilitating the use of microbial pesticides in South Asia’

The Regional Consultation on ‘Facilitating the use of microbial pesticides in South Asia’ was organized by SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Bangladesh, ICAR-NBAIR, India and CABI-South Asia at ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru from 21 – 23 August, 2017. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. T. M. Manjunath, a veteran biocontrol and IPM specialist, Dr. Ravi Khetarpal, Executive Secretary, APAARI, Bangkok, Dr. Chandish R. Ballal, Director, ICAR-NBAIR, Dr. W.A.R.T. Wickramaarachchi, Expert, Policy, SAC, and Dr. Malvika Chaudhary, CABI by lighting a lamp. Dr. Chandish R. Ballal, Director, ICAR-NBAIR addressed the gathering and welcomed the SAARC delegates to the...

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Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ghana, visited APAARI

Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ghana,  visited APAARI, on October 3, 2017 to discuss the partnership between APAARI and FARA for fostering an inter-regional cooperation and synergy in the common mandates of the two regional organizations. During the discussion several areas of possible partnership were identified to be captured on a Partnership Statement Exchange knowledge and expertise of agricultural research, innovation and development; Jointly scope for regional and inter-regional projects on agricultural related to research, policy, innovation, development, capacity development and policy advocacy with a special focus on women and youth in...

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