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Sustainable agrifood systems in ASEAN

Suriyan Vichitlekarn from GIZ discusses the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project that promotes sustainability in the agrifood sector.
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GIZ is one of the development partners that has been working with other development partners and ASEAN member states in supporting ASEAN in implementing ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework. One of the initiatives that we have is the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project. Or in short, we call ASEAN SAS. This will provide support on capacity development, policy dialogue, technological development, and also promoting value chain to ASEAN member states at the regional level and at the national level. ASEAN SAS recognised the fact that there is a strong link between sustainable agrifood systems and achieving food security.
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And this is where GIZ put our strong focus in ensuring that in any food system it should be sustainable, and at the same time ensuring the benefit to livelihoods of farmers while ensuring that food security in the region should be achieved. ASEAN SAS implements in all ASEAN member states, with focus given to Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The activities we are promoting exist at two levels. One is at regional level and at the national level. At the regional level, we raise the issues of how ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework could link with the national food security policy.
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At the same time, we also provide the platform [for] exchanging experiences on how individual ASEAN member states implement their food security policy initiative, and at the same time contributing to ASEAN food security as a whole. We also organise a series of trainings in order to equip the offices, so as for them to understand the concept of food security and act on it when they go back home. At the national level, we provide the platform of the policy dialogue among various agency concerns, so that they recognise the importance and contribution of sustainable agrifood systems for agriculture development and also achieving food security in respective countries.
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Activities supporting the national policy dialogue include the development of biological control agents and bio input fertiliser. These to are considered as the major cost of farmers. And therefore, applying bio input will not only reduce costs but can ensure that food produced from the use of bio input will be safe and good quality. At the same time, we’re also promoting a series of market linkages and value chain development. So there will be an integration from farm to fork, and at the same time engaging knowledge and partners along the value chain to help the farmers so that they can produce food better and also can sustain their livelihoods.
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ASEAN SAS project attempts also to provide a platform engaging others partners so we can build upon comparative strengths and initiatives of other partners, including FAO, ADB, and other agencies. So we can ensure that agriculture in the region will be sustainable. And there is much growth and contribution to ensure food security in the region.
Since the adoption of the ASEAN Integrated Food Systems (AIFS) Framework in 2008 that we introduced in the previous step, ASEAN countries and their partners have been working to implement the framework and meet its objectives. In this video, Suriyan Vichitlekarn, of GIZ, discusses one such implementation effort: the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project.
The GIZ-led project aims to provide solutions for long-term food security in Southeast Asia through the development of regionally-coordinated policies and strategies for sustainable agriculture. Suriyan describes the project’s approach, which targets action at both the national and regional levels, as well as along the food system value chain.
Follow this link to visit the website of the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project.
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