FAO’s Office of Innovation, in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) and the Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services Network (APIRAS), recently organized a regional training (18–20 September) on multistakeholder policy engagement in agrifood systems. This virtual training was designed and implemented within the framework of the EU-funded TAP-AIS project; similar trainings have already been implemented at the national level in six countries (e.g. here and here), but this was the first time the training was adapted to the regional level (Asia-Pacific), targeting government and non-governmental representatives from education, training, research and extension institutions in the agrifood sector.
Strengthening the capacity to engage in strategic and political processes is crucial for stakeholders in agricultural innovation systems (AIS) and is a key component of the TAP-AIS project. This regional training, as well as previous trainings at the national level, have been organized to address this need among key AIS stakeholders.