Programme 3: Capacity development
Capacity is the ability of the individual or group to perform their responsibilities. It depends on the capabilities of the people, as well as on the overall size of the task, the resources needed to perform them, and the framework within which they are discharged. For effective and timely development outcomes, the transformation of agri-food systems in the Asia-Pacific region needs to be built on scientific advances, improved and validated technologies and adoption at scale. This can only be achieved by developing and strengthening capacity at three levels: individual, organizational and institutional. This and other key concepts and principles are set out in the Common Framework on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) developed and endorsed by the partners of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP), APAARI included.
APAARI is well positioned to contribute to the strengthening of capacity by working with its members, partners and other stakeholders to collectively identify and improve individuals, institutions and organizations in the areas where capacity is lacking. APAARI has the ability to create opportunities for connecting organizations to each other through learning, to collectively overcome regional challenges. APAARI intends to contribute to capacity building through the following strategies:
1. Institutional arrangements for effective delivery of outcomes from agri-food research and innovation systems strengthened
- Strengthen institutional capacity for the development of agri-food research and innovation system
- Strengthen databases on human capacity to enhance sharing of talent pool in the region
2. Organizational capacity for good governance, effective management and delivery of research and innovations enhanced
- Improve capacity of leaders and research managers in monitoring, evaluation and impact pathway analysis
- Develop and use improved skills and competency in managerial and organizational roles
- Develop basic skills and competency of researchers in small, island and mountainous countries, and new/emerging organizations
- Address organizational capacity development needs in knowledge management, partnership and networking and advocacy
3. Technical competency developed
- Build capacity of researchers and policy makers in technical areas
- Improve collaboration in areas requiring regional cooperation
APAARI members and partners will implement these strategies, for example, by conducting meetings, workshops, expert consultations and policy dialogues; using online and face-to-face interactions to create a culture of discussion and communication amongst members, partners and other stakeholders; encouraging and sharing of resources – knowledge, human, technical and financial – to strengthen institutional arrangements, efficiency and effectiveness; creating opportunities for training, scholarships, and exchange programmes; facilitating the sharing of experiences and expertise among primary stakeholders; developing and sharing guidelines; coordinating training; and facilitating participation of disadvantaged stakeholders in training programmes and post-training mentoring.