AMAF endorses ASEAN-CGIAR agri-food systems regional program
(Vientiane, LAOS) – As part of the efforts to help make ASEAN agri-food systems more resilient to climate change and fit for purpose in delivering better livelihoods for food producers along the food value chain, CGIAR presented the ASEAN-CGIAR Innovate for Food Regional Program at the 44th ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) Meeting in Laos on 26 October 2022.
During the 44th AMAF Meeting, CGIAR sought final endorsement from ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture for the program.
The ASEAN-CGIAR Innovate for Food Regional Program is a cross-disciplinary and demand-driven program that intends to scale up and out bold integrated innovations for the ASEAN agri-food systems and has been co-created and co-designed with the ASEAN Member States (AMS).
The AMS and ASEAN Secretariat have been fully supportive of the ASEAN-CGIAR regional program development process and have sought to align it with the delivery of the ASEAN vision for the Food, Agriculture and Forestry Sector. Dr. Jean Balié, CGIAR Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Pacific, emphasized the importance of a shared vision for the region.
“Transformation of the agri-food systems needs to be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable for the entire region. Achieving this will require widespread adoption of bold integrated innovations, and a deeper understanding of the technological, social, and institutional drivers of the food systems in the ASEAN,” said Dr. Balié.
Under the ASEAN-CGIAR Innovate for Food Regional Program, the following eight intervention packages were developed:
Regenerative Agriculture & Aquaculture and Agro-Chemical Use Climate Neutrality and Circular Agriculture Enhancing ASEAN Agrobiodiversity use and landscape biodiversity Enhancing Value Chains and Regional Trade Transboundary Pest and Disease Private Sector Investment and Sustainable Financing Farmer-led irrigation for Climate-Resilient Agri-Food Systems Food Systems Transformation for More Nutritious and Healthy Diets