CIAT’s new Asia regional director is not wasting any time. Though he just stepped into his new role at the start of May, Dr. Dindo Campilan is no stranger to international agricultural research, having over 15 years of experience in the CGIAR Consortium, most recently at the International Potato Center.
With Campilan at the helm of CIAT’s Hanoi regional hub, the Asia team has begun defining a new strategic framework that is aligned with CIAT’s global strategy for 2014-2020. Having achieved considerable impact in the region, CIAT’s research portfolio continues to expand. There are exciting opportunities to add value to forage and cassava research by improving farmers’ linkages to markets, ensuring sustainable natural resource use, and strengthening climate change resilience.
Campilan’s insights, regional expertise, and professional network will be valuable as the Center widens the scope of its work in the region to include support for Myanmar in achieving sustainable food and livelihood security.
CIAT’s new Asia regional director together with staff, partners, and donors.
The orientation of CIAT’s research takes into account key trends. Large segments of Asia’s marginalized rural population have yet to gain a share of the region’s growing prosperity. With more than 60% of the region’s population relying on agriculture as a source of income, the sector is fundamental for sustainable development.
Economic growth has created opportunities for agriculture but also major challenges. Rising incomes have led to a shift in dietary patterns towards protein-rich and resource-demanding foods. Yet, more than a half a billion people (or about 14%) in Asia are undernourished. Despite much headway in reducing hunger in the region, progress has slowed, and much remains to be done.
As an expert in value chain action learning, knowledge and innovation systems, monitoring and evaluation, and gender participation, Campilan is well-positioned to build on the work accomplished under the leadership of Dr. Rod Lefroy.
At the end of the month, CIAT staff, donors, and partners will have the opportunity to get to know the new regional director better. The first Board of Trustees meeting held in Hanoi, set to begin on 26 May, will further enhance our collaborative ties in the region.
As CIAT continues to strengthen and build its partnerships, promote South-South exchange, scale up impact, and expand in Asia, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dindo Campilan.
Read more about CIAT’s research for development impact in Asia: CIAT Asia: Delivering on the promise of tropical agriculture