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Winding road trip with the Indonesian Director-General for Food Crops

Writer: Rojana Manowalailao, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems Left and right and right and left… Traveling from Kabanjahe to Perbulan Village of Karo Regency of Indonesia requires a lot of concentration and attention. While many several curves in this long and winding road can be exhausting and tiring but for the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry’s Director-General for …

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Policy Dialogues organized in Lao PDR and Myanmar discussing priority actions for improving national food and nutrition security

Writer: Duangruetai Surasakjinda, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems With a new set of Sustainable Development Goals on the table to be formally adopted by world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 – 27 September 2015, food and nutrition security remains one of the top priorities of the post-2015 global development agenda. The governments …

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Farmers and pesticide retailers to get trained in integrated pest management in Vietnam

CropLife International and GIZ recently agreed on carrying through a training programme for farmers and pesticide retailers called “Promotion of Integrated Pest Management to address plant hopper outbreaks in Rice”. ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) is implementing this project in the context of the Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA) together with Vietnam’s Plant Protection Department …

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Life outside a coconut shell: Food safety auditor raises different perspectives to fruit juice standard

Writer: Rojana Manowalailao, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems Napaporn Rattanametta compared her life as a frog living in a coconut shell. With her nine-year experiences working in Thailand’s fruit juice industry she thought she knew a lot, but after starting working in a private partnership project “Improved Product Safety and Quality for the Thai Fruit Juice …

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High level ‘Policy Dialogue’ discussing national policies on food and nutrition security in Myanmar

Myanmar has been preparing the Development of National Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Security (2015), which will provide a strategy for strengthening the agricultural food and energy sector, including nutritious food production. U Naing Kyi Win, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Agriculture said during his opening and keynote speech at a high level …

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A ‘Green Fungi’ improves farmers’ life

Writer: Kristina Spantig, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems Mr Sun Song is a farmer in the Siem Reap province in Cambodia. He has been using an organic fertilizer and pesticide called Trichoderma to protect his cucumbers and string beans from harmful fungal infestation and to improve the growth of his crops for the past year. Trichiderma …

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MoU signed in Indonesia highlighting environmentally friendly production to meet increasing food demands

Writer: Giri Arnawa, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems Indonesia ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change in Indonesia (GAP-CC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding between GIZ Indonesia and Indonesia Agency for Agriculture Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia on 14 July 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Through GAP-CC, GIZ has ambitious plans …

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Vegetable growers trapped in the pesticide treadmill

Writer: Rojana Manowalailao, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems A story reflecting the life of growers, their fears and their hopes When vegetable grower Khanthong Kasemviriyanont sees pest, she gets panic. She gets afraid her vegetables will not look ‘good’ and a trader will offer to buy them a low price. Her immediate solution is spraying chemical …

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Be responsible, be profitable and be proud

Father and daughter exploring Thailand’s fruit juice standard in improving Cambodian SMEs market Heang Srun and his daughter Rothany Srun want to develop their own fruit juice business in Cambodia, Mr. Srun’s home land. Mr. Srun traveled from Minnesota, USA to meet his daughter in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Srun flew from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to …

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