Workshop on business management of custom hiring of agricultural machinery in the dry zone of Myanmar

On 3-4 May 2016, CSAM successfully organized the Workshop on Business Management of Custom Hiring of Agricultural Machinery in the Dry Zone of Myanmar in Mandalay, Myanmar, in collaboration with the Network Activity Groups (NAG) and with the support of Department of Rural Development of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar (DRD-MALI). This workshop is one of the capacity-building activities under the project titled ‘An Integrated Rural Economic and Social Development Programme for Livelihoods Improvement in the Dry Zone of Myanmar’, funded through the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), led by the Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA-ESCAP) in partnership with the Asian and Pacific Center for Transfer of Technologies (APCTT), the Center for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) and the Network Activities Groups (NAG). 

Increasing productivity is key to revive economic growth and support the 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific, says UN

As nations begin implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the next phase of Asia-Pacific economic growth should be driven by broad-based productivity gains, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its flagship publication Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2016 launched on 28 April 2016, emphasizing that this will require higher, targeted fiscal spending, enhanced skills, better infrastructure, and improved agricultural productivity.

New UN Decade aims to eradicate hunger, prevent malnutrition

Calling attention to the nearly 800 million chronically undernourished people and over two billion with micronutrient deficiencies, the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2016 the start of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. The 193-member General Assembly adopted a consensus resolution calling on the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead the implementation of the Decade.

The twelfth session of CAPSA Governing Council

Representatives of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand convened the twelfth session of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), a subsidiary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Governing Council gathered in Bangkok on 19 February 2016. The session was chaired by HE Mr. Inia Batikoto Seruiratu, Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management of Fiji.