FAO support to Core Agriculture Support Programme (CASP) Phase II, (GCP/RAS/253/ASB)

Background

The ADB-supported Core Agriculture Support Programme Phase II (2011-2015) builds on the earlier investments and outcomes of CASP Phase I (2006-2010). CASP II provides new strategic directions to address emerging challenges to agricultural development, specifically those linked to expanded cross-border trade in agri-food products and climate change adaptation. CASP Phase II is envisioned to enhance cross-border synergies, making regional cooperation more relevant by addressing issues that are common across countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion and proposes initiatives that require a greater commitment to harmonizing national agricultural development strategies at the subregional level.

GMS member countries have demonstrated their collective comparative advantage through expanded trade, resulting in sizeable gains in global market share for key food and agricultural products. However, the challenge for the sub-region remains to pursue economic development without creating additional burdens on natural resources, thereby further degrading ecosystems critical to maintaining the quality of life and providing environmental services to society.

The FAO Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme in Asia is engaged in CASP II under Component 1: Regional Strategic Framework & Action Plan for Biotechnology and Biosafety in Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

Problem

The degradation of the agricultural resource base and changing environmental factors are key drivers of change impacting the GMS agriculture sector. Producers need to adopt measures to mitigate and adapt to new and invasive pest problems and their effects on crop and production. Producers need to acquire skills to prevent further deterioration of natural resources upon which agricultural production depends, among others, due to poor agriculture practices such as the misuse of pesticides that destroy ecosystem services that provide effective natural control of pests.

Stakeholders and Target beneficiaries

The primary target beneficiaries of the project are smallholder fruit and vegetable farmers whereas the secondary beneficiaries will be government extension worker from GMS countries who will gain new knowledge and become more effective IPM Trainers, particularly with regards to farmer training on invasive species of insect pests. Stakeholder organizations involved in the project will be local universities, research institutes and civil society organizations involved in the action research and training activities to be supported as part of the project.

Outcome

The Greater Mekong Subregion is recognized as the leading producer of safe food, using climate-friendly agricultural practices and integrated into global markets through regional economic corridors.

Planned Activities (under FAO-IPM component)

Activity 2.2 - Compilation and documentation of inventory studies on newly emerging invasive pest and disease problems affecting agriculture production and export within the Greater Mekong Subregion

Activity 2.3 - Regional Inception workshop, presenting results of inventory studies and work plan formulation

Activity 2.4 - Action research activities on the in-situ management of selected invasive pest and disease species

Activity 2.5 Development of awareness raising and training materials (e.g. posters, manuals, brochures, radio programmes, CD-ROM-based interactive learning materials) for in-situ management and containment of spread of invasive pest and disease species

Activity 2.6 Local and National workshops presenting results of action research activities and awareness raising/training materials, including e-training programs

Activity 2.7 Regional End-of-Project Workshop presenting results of project activities supported in the various countries

Activity 2.8 Publication of results, case studies, inventory reports, training/awareness raising materials on FAO Regional IPM Programme
website: www.vegetableipmasia.org and AINS website.

Implementation Period

2010-2012

Total financial size for FAO-IPM implemented activities

89,000 US$