The ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) project builds on experience gained from the predecessor project, ASEAN Biocontrol, and is one of the two modules under the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change in Agriculture and Forestry. Whereas the predecessor project focused on promoting sustainable agricultural production, the current project is working to advance the agrifood sector along entire value chains in the rice, vegetables, fruit and coffee sectors. This includes factors such as further processing and market linkages for smallholder households. With regard to agricultural production, further topics – for example soil and nutrient management and farm economics – have been added to the ongoing work on biological control agents.
The project works at a regional level and is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Bangkok, Thailand. Additional project offices in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam implement activities at national level. Regional and national dialogue fora provide Member States with a platform to share best practices and lessons learned.
* Policy framework
The project primarily advises ASEAN Member States on development of regionally-coordinated policies, strategies and dialogue concepts for a sustainable agrifood sector
* Implementation of production technologies
Selected approaches to sustainable production, based on biological control agents, soil and nutrient management and farm economics, are supported.
* Market linkages
The project strengthens the capacity of decision-makers at all levels and promotes cooperation between smallholders and the private sector within sustainable value chains. Sustainable agrifood models are implemented in pilot measures, thereby enabling experiences to be incorporated into policy recommendations.
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