Organized by ASTI-APAARI

Bangkok, 29-30 April, 2010

Program Agenda



Session 1: Overview session (Chair: Nienke Beintema)

10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introduction
10:10-10:30 General overview of the ASTI initiative (presenter: Nienke Beintema)
10:30-11:00 General overview of APAARI and briefing on APARIS activities (presenter: Attaluri)
11:00-11:10 Discussion
11:10-11:30 Coffee/tea break
11:30-11:50 General overview of AIT (presenter: Sudip Rakshit)

Session 2: Country presentations (Chair: Nienke Beintema)

Country presentations will cover recent developments in institutional settings, policies, human and financial resources in agricultural R&D, with a special emphasis on strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. The presentation should provide additional information to the previous country briefs and reports developed under ASTI,APAARI, and NARIs.

11:50-12:20 Bangladesh (presenter: Shah Md. Monir Hossain)
12:20-12:30 Discussion
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 India (presenter: Suresh Pal)
14:30-14:40 Discussion
14:40-15:10 Nepal (presenter: Ram Bahadur Bhujel)
15:10-15:20 Discussion
15:20-15:50 Pakistan (presenter: Khalid Mahmood)
15:50-16:00 Discussion
16:00-16:30 Coffee/tea break
16:30-17:00 Sri Lanka (presenter: Rasika Dilhani Wijesinghe)
17:00-17:10 Discussion
17:10-17:30 Synthesis of country presentations


Session 3: Implementation of ASTI-APAARI survey round (Chair: Attaluri)

9:00-11:00 ASTI methodology and data collection procedures (presenters: Nienke Beintema and Michael Rahija)

Presentation will cover overall overview of ASTI’s methodology, review of the survey tools by main areas (human resources, financial resources, institutional settings, research allocation), detect data omissions and inconsistencies; and data gap analysis. Time will be allocated for discussion and queries.

11:00-11:20 Coffee/tea break
11:20-11:50 Relevance of ASTI outputs as a R&D management tool (presenters: Nienke Beintema and Suresh Pal)
11:50-12:10 Discussion
12:10-12:30 Roadmap
12:30-12:40 Closure
12:40-14:00 Lunch


Country representatives

Bangladesh: Shah Md. Monir Hossain, Senior Scientific Editor, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC)
India: Suresh Pal, Head, Division of Agricultural Economics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Nepal: Ram Bahadur Bhujel, Senior Scientist, Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC)
Pakistan: Khalid Mahmood, Principal Scientific Officer, Social Sciences Division, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)
Sri Lanka: Rasika Dilhani Wijesinghe, Research Assistant, Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP)


Sudip Rakshit, Vice President Research, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)


Nienke Beintema, Program Head
Michael Rahija, consultant, data analysis (workshop rapporteur)


Attaluri Srinivasacharyulu, Coordinator APARIS