The face-to-face meeting of the Asia Pacific region is taking place on October 30 and 31, 2009 at Bangkok’s Intercontinental hotel (Read the concept note that represents the baseline for the upcoming discussions). Some NAARAP members are invited to to the F2F meeting in Bangkok including ANGOC, SARRA and Devarao Shevaram Trust.
The joint initiative of APAARI, GFAR and ADB, building on the outcome of the recently concluded very successful regional E-Consultation (see summary), will ensure that the proposed Face-to-Face (F2F) Consultation in Bangkok, involving all relevant stakeholders would seek as to what specific changes are needed in the agricultural research, extension and education systems to render them more effective in contributing towards development processes that benefit especially the poor.
The 4 main objectives of the meeting areas follows:
- Examine the extent to which development demands and associated research needs identified from the regional review and E-Consultation truly capture the key regional needs for delivering greatest development impacts for the poor.
- Identify a set of researchable themes to address the needs of various categories of farmers, especially the smallholders and resource-poor in the medium- and long-term.
- Suggest policy options to complement the research efforts to synergistically address development needs.
- Assess whether the themes highlighted in the CGIAR Strategy document match with the aspirations of the region and suggest creation and management of linkages and synergies between the emerging aims of the CGIAR Consortium and the realities of the innovation pathways in the region.