The ASEAN Vision and Strategic Plan for Food Agriculture and Forestry 2016 - 2025 is a “competitive, inclusive, resilient and sustainable food agriculture and forestry sector, integrated with the global economy, based on a single market and production base contributing to food and nutrition security and prosperity in the ASEAN Community.”
The ASEAN vision envisages sustainable increases in productivity and reduction in pre- and post-harvest losses, through innovative ‘green’ technologies and sustainable resource management systems. Collaboration between ASEAN Member States (AMS), research institutes, and development partners and the private sector are envisaged to play important roles in achieving this vision.
In addition, the call for safe, healthy and sustainably-produced food presents an important opportunity for a green, resilient and inclusive pandemic recovery path that builds on the extensive traditional knowledge and wealth presented by the region’s agrobiodiversity. Such a recovery path converges with ongoing global coalition-building and multi-stakeholder campaigns accompanying the preparatory processes for the Global Food Systems Summit, and around landscape restoration, ecosystem health and sustainable food systems, in which AMS are beginning to participate.
As Governments focus attention on COVID-19 recovery and stimulus, it is urgent to develop reliable guidance and support for government and other stakeholders, increase networking, and strengthen ASEAN-wide collaboration to accelerate agroecological transition.
A one and a half -day multi-stakeholder regional workshop is proposed to share perspectives on the requirements for transition to agroecology and safe food systems, with a view to support the current initiative to produce ASEAN guidelines on sustainable agriculture, as provided under the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework and Implementation Plan and in support of the ASEAN Vision and Strategic Plan. It will also feed into the Lao PDR-facilitated Initiative on Agroecology for the ASEAN (LICA) process and milestones.
Organized under the ASSET project by ESCAP, FAO, CIRAD and other ASSET project partners, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, the workshop will provide a space for government officials from ASEAN member states and relevant stakeholders to share perspectives on the actions and support needed. It will reflect the discussions at the ASEAN Meeting of Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF) held in October 2021 and the Global Food Systems Summit, scheduled for September 2021.
PARTICIPATION (by invitation)
- Government officials from AMS, relevant ASEAN working groups and LICA focal points
- Members of the ALISEA network, ASSET partners and partner networks
- Representatives of relevant civil society organizations, farmers’ organizations, research institutions and the private sector
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