In the context of the Tropical Agricultural Platform (TAP) hosted by FAO, APAARI organized a webinar on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation on 30 November 2018. The webinar targeted university managers, leaders and post-graduate students in Asia-Pacific. Resource persons from APARI, FAO and GCHERA, as well as the academic community were brought to a dialogue on capacity development to strengthen agricultural innovation systems. It aimed to raise awareness on the importance of developing functional capacities to unlock the potential for agricultural innovation and the role of higher education in developing the respective capacities. It also raised awareness among professionals in higher education on the Common Framework on Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CD for AIS) developed by TAP and partners, its principles and tools, including functional capacities for AIS – individual, organizational and enabling environment. GCHERA brought a global perspective on educational transformation efforts to develop future leaders of agricultural and rural development.