Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns

Structural transformation in Southeast Asia poses challenges to the region’s food security and inclusive agricultural growth agenda. Integration of agricultural markets within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is high on the policy agenda given the current pressure on moving towards the establishment of a common market. This process though may prove unattainable unless appropriate policies and strategies are designed to defuse food security and rural poverty concerns among policy makers and stakeholders.

The two-day regional policy forum showcased evidence-based empirical policy analysis aimed at fostering a cooperative environment among member states and facilitating the alignment and engagement of all relevant stakeholders from governments, civil society, research and academia, farmers’ associations, and private sector.

 

Inaugural Session

  • Chief Guest: Dr. Sar Chetra, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Cambodia
  • Mr. Kaushik Barua, Country Programme Manager of Cambodia, International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Dr. Pedcris M. Orencio, Program Head for Research and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture
  • Dr. Pramod Joshi, Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute