The Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), based in Bogor, Indonesia. CAPSA was founded in 1981 as the CGPRT Centre (The Regional Coordination Centre for Research and Development of Coarse Grains, Pulses, Roots and Tuber Crops in the Humid Tropics of Asia and the Pacific). To reflect on the shift of its mission, during the sixty-sixth Commission session in May 2010 ESCAP member states adopted the decision to rename the Centre to Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA).


CAPSA's vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of hunger and poverty, where policymakers base their decisions and investment allocations on sound science that reflects the needs and perspectives of the rural poor, especially those who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.


CAPSA's goal is to reduce poverty and enhance food security in Asia and the Pacific by promoting sustainable agriculture.


  • Enhanced national capacity for socioeconomic and policy research on sustainable agriculture for poverty reduction and food security
  • Enhanced regional coordination and networking to successfully scale up and scale out research findings that have implications for policy design and implementation related to sustainable agriculture and rural development
  • Enhanced capacity of policymakers and senior government officials to design and implement policies to achieve rural development, poverty reduction and food security through sustainable agriculture in Asia and the Pacific


The work of CAPSA is facilitated by a generous grant provided by the Government of Indonesia (GOI), and by annual voluntary contributions made by member countries of ESCAP as well as by ESCAP. In addition, CAPSA seeks funding support from international donors.

How CAPSA works

CAPSA's mission is to strengthen South-South dialogue and intraregional learning on poverty, food insecurity and sustainable agriculture through research, advocacy and networking, capacity development, and policy advice. Specifically, CAPSA engages in the following activities:

  • Research

    Identify, coordinate and promote research across the region on issues related to CAPSA's mandate and of relevance to member states.

  • Advocacy and Networking

    Establish networks and disseminate policy recommendations and good practices to policymakers, opinion leaders and civil society.

  • Capacity Development

    Develop capacity of governments and civil society for introduction and implementation of policy recommendations and good practices.

  • Policy Advice

    Synthesize research findings from across the region (and beyond) and translate them into policy recommendations.