APAARI to hold high-level policy dialogue on investment in agri research in December

MANILA — The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), together with its partners, has organized a “High Level Policy Dialogue on Investment in Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region” slated on Dec. 8-9 at the Rama Gardens Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

The dialogue aims to create awareness and promote long-term investment in agricultural research and innovations for sustainable development through apt policies and strategies. Furthermore, it targets to urge decision makers to create an environment for increased resource allocation and policy support for agricultural research and innovations for development (ARI4D) in the region.

The two-day event will feature senior level participation from various stakeholder constituencies in both public and private sectors at the national, regional and international levels. About 120 delegates are expected to attend, including ministers and other senior level policy makers; international leaders and experts; representatives of foundations, funding and donor agencies and private sector, innovative farmers, women and youth groups.

Among the priority areas of the dialogue will be on awareness of the importance of AR4D; assessment of the current levels of capacities, disparities and trends in investment; importance of and need for enhanced and improved investments in AR4D; scoping and prioritization of AR4D areas for investment; promoting skills and capacities to attract, mobilize and utilize investments; realizing the need for paradigm shift from AR4D to ARI4D and research to knowledge; and innovative funding mechanisms to improve investment.

The event is organized through APAARI’s partnership with the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations-Regional Office for Asia-Pacific (FAO-RAP), Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and through major sponsorship from the Syngenta Foundation.

Interested parties may contact Dr. Jawahar Karihaloo at j.karihaloo@apaari.org. Cristina C. Arayata/PNA