Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) in the Asia-Pacific region is effectively promoted and facilitated through novel partnerships among NARS and other related organizations so that it contributes to sustainable improvements in the productivity of agricultural systems and to the quality of the natural resource base that underpins agriculture, thereby enhancing food and nutrition security, economic and social well being of communities and the integrity of the environment and services it provides.
To achieve the objectives of the APAARI, the following strategies and action plans have been identified.
Regional Collaboration on Priority Programmes
With the common desire for collaborative research involving specifically APAARI associate members, results from such joint activities will prove beneficial to the Association in general, and to the members in particular. Regional programmes though must be in consonance with national initiatives vis a vis government commitment to sustainable development , among others, and considering available resources and existing capabilities of member institutions.
Information Network of Centres of Excellence
APAARI’s mission is based on mutually reinforcing and collaborative relationships among a wide range of institutions. It intends to multiply its effectiveness by pooling efforts with other agencies under networking arrangements that exploit synergy of resources and capabilities and avoid duplication.
To meet the demands of today’s fast-moving R&D technology intensive business environs, access to international networks and databases are necessary. Thus, linkages to BITNET, INTERNET, and other regional and international networks should be established.
- The following action plan could be implemented.
- Establish databases.
Ensure information sharing by establishing electronic connectivity.
Developing Human Resources
Human resources have been tagged as the most vital resource an organization could have because these are needed to supplement R&D support and investment programmes. Hence, as one of the major strategy, APAARI will pursue to strengthen strategic human resource development which includes nurturing of promising researchers, scientists, and research managers, among others.
The following activities are considered important:
- Sensitize NARS to strengthen their efforts towards better human resources development.
- Establish an APAARI fellowship and post-doctoral programme.
Mechanisms have to be developed to communicate issues related to the advancement of agriculture and natural resources sectors. In this way, the involvement of APAARI in development could be enhanced not only through direct linkages with the ‘downstream’ clientele – farmers, but also with the mainstream – the policymakers, to create a more conductive policy environment.
The following action plan could be implemented to make policy advocacy in agriculture and natural resources a continuing concern.
- Policy papers to be prepared and shared widely.
- Publication line.
Promoting Technology Transfer
Dissemination of information, concepts, or ideas may cover publication of newsletters, success stories, workshops and seminars. Promotion will be supported by information dissemination through multi-media, training and linkage.
Efficiency in resource allocation as well as utilization has become a critical activity because R&D efforts require substantial amount of both financial and technical resources which compete with other activities and functions. Thus, questions as to whom, when, and how resources are to be allocated become of vital considerations.
This strategy should be guided by the priority setting mechanisms stated in strategy 1. APAARI shall then embark on an aggressive resource generation strategy. The following areas were considered important :
- World watch.
- Stimulating interest from non-traditional donors.
APAARI shall pursue an aggressive publication programme to document events and research findings for wide readership. The following publications would in particular be brought out regularly.
- Success Stories
- Research Management studies