From August 24th – 25th 2017; Head of CAPSA, Masakazu Ichimura, attended the first Village Development Forum co-hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Region, and Transmigration. The three-day event comprised Senior Official Meeting, International Symposium, and Parallel Workshop; was themed “Representing Village: Democracy, Autonomy, and Prosperity”. The event presented 18 speakers from Asia and the Pacific and was attended by approximately 250 participants from Asia-Pacific leaders in government, the private sector, academia, and other members of society to enrich rural development agendas.


ESCAP’s Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA-UNESCAP), in collaboration with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), organized the Regional Training Workshop on Transfer of Agricultural Technology with Specific Focus on "Application of ICT for Resilient Agriculture” from 18 to 20 July 2017.


Asia and the Pacific will need to step up its overall development reform effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to a new report launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), in New York. The report presents the SDG baseline for the Asia and the Pacific both at the regional and sub-regional levels for selected targets of each SDG.


On 15 - 16 June 2017, CAPSA representatives met with Mr. Khant Zaw, Director General of Department of Rural Development (DRD) and Dr. Tin Htut, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) in Nay Pyi Taw. CAPSA delivered the message on formal closure of the project ’An Integrated Rural Economic and Social Development Programme for Livelihoods Improvement in the Dry Zone of Myanmar,’ which was implemented from November 2014 to June 2017 with funding from Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). The project aimed at improving livelihoods and food security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar.