For a small-scale farmer in the developing world, a healthy crop can be the difference between prosperity and poverty. This training is turning around the life of Emiliano from despair to a bright future:

Emiliano is a small-scale farmer living in the mountains of western Honduras. The 33-year-old father of three grows maize, potatoes and strawberries and like any farmer he is wary of the pests and diseases that could destroy his crops. “You feel really bad when you don’t have enough to provide for your children,” he says. Watch his story.


Not only do people love cocoa, so do pests; about 30-40 percent of the cocoa crop in West Africa is lost to pests annually. Learn from Agnes Quaye about how a pest-free farm has increased her quality of life. “The financial difficulties we were having have been reduced,” she notes.

Agnes learned know how on coco farming trained by the project officer to transform her difficult life to a better life


Rajoli Eranna is a local farmer in the Adoni region of Andhra Pradesh, India. Since he has been trained on Integrated Pest Management and responsible use of crop protection products his farm has prospered. “If we do not use pesticides, our yield decreases,” he says.

Training Vietnamese Rice Farmers

The Vietnam Government’s Plant Protection Department has partnered with German development organisation GIZ, and CropLife International to provide IPM training courses for rice farmers in Vietnam. Given the importance of rice in Vietnam, a healthy crop can help drive the country’s economy and society.

From Fruit to Juice: From Integrity to Food Security (Full version: Thai language with English VDO (15 minutes: Thai language with English subtitle)

This 15-minute video is filmed in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand. It tells stories of Thai pineapple farmers, fruit processing factory owner, and SGF’s fruit juice quality assurance auditor and their roles in securing the agrifood business sustainability. Copy is available. Write to prawat.chansomboon@giz.de for the copy (free of charge).

From Fruit to Juice: From Integrity to Food Security (Short version: English language) (9 minutes: English language with English subtitle)

Today Thailand exports pineapple juice to most of the world and there are signs of problems in terms of quality. If there is no collaboration between farmers and manufacturers to solve or ameliorate such problems, then the image of Thai fruit juice will suffer greatly. Watch this 8-minute video which is filmed in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand and tell us what you think. Copy is available. Write to prawat.chansomboon@giz.de for the copy (free of charge).

The Global Agribusiness set to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Chris Brown, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability for Olam, a member of the Sustainable Rice Platform, delivered a video message with a call for concerted efforts to revitalize the green economy and sustainability agenda.

Food security in ASEAN

Despite recent progress in achieving food security, over 60 million people in Southeast Asia remain hungry or malnourished. Watch Suriyan Vichitlekarn, a Senior Regional Advisor of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems, explain the food security situation in the region.

Food Standard for ASEAN: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) VS Organic (5 minute: English language with no subtitle)

Consumers increasingly want information and assurance about what they eat, but are often overwhelmed by the many different kinds of food standards.

Be environmentally friendly, be my guest!

Dr. Matthias Bickel, Director of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems talks about the ASEAN-German development cooperation in agriculture and how the project creates extra 15 million Euro for ASEAN farmers in a TV programme ‘Be My Guest’, NBT World, Thailand.

Voices from our junior farmers

Students aged between 9 and 14 from Thailand sent their 30-second motion clips under a topic “If you are a farmer, what do you want to tell the Thais?” as part of a ‘Junior Farmer’ video competition organised by the Better Rice Initiatives Asia (BRIA) and BASF in collaboration with Rice Department of Thailand.

Thai government aid for rice farmers, NBT World Thailand, 24 November 2016

Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Regional Project Director of Better Rice Initiative Asia gives an interview to NBT World Thailand about the rice situation in the country. Better Rice Initiative Asia is a sister project of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems.

FIA Video: The State of Food Security in Asia

Mr Richard Skinner, Strategy Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore,

speaks with Food Industry Asia (FIA) about what food security looks like across Asia, and touches on the importance of transparency and effective regulation in tackling food fraud.

Repeat: Food and nutrition security is not just about producing enough to eat…but making food available, accessible and useable to everybody at ALL TIME.

The world’s population is growing. But today, at a global level, agriculture is currently producing one third more calories than necessary to feed all the people in the world. That means: In principle, there is enough food for everybody. Nevertheless one person in nine goes to bed hungry. Worldwide there are still 800 million people going hungry.

What’s wrong with our food system: Birke Baehr, 11 TEDx Next Generation Asheville

Birke Baehr -"What's Wrong With Our Food System? And How Can We Make A Difference?"

Having lunch in Vietnamese means eating rice: A VDO tells how partnership and integrated pest management training promotes sustainable rice cultivation in Viet Nam (3 minutes: Vietnamese language with English subtitle)

‘I will hand down my skills to my children’: Vietnamese farmer tells how integrated pest management training helps safeguard his crops (2 minutes: Vietnamese language with English subtitle)

Rice is farmer’s happiness: A female rice farmer tells about Integrated Pest Management training and how she becomes happier (2 minutes: Vietnamese language with English subtitle)

The one pest outbreak turned Me The Le, a rice farmer in Dong Thap province, Viet Nam to live in a nightmare of fear. To her, rice is a farmer’s happiness. After attending the Integrated Pest Management training, now she knows how to better protect her crops, and the environment, while preventing pests and diseases, and she is passing her knowledge down to the local community.

Rules of Four Rights: Farmers in Viet Nam gain knowledge and skills to produce safe agriculture products (1.25 minutes: Vietnamese language with English subtitle)

Mr. Phan Anh Tu is a trainer from Plant Protection Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam. He trains the rice farmers in Dong Thap Province on the application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Read more…

Rice is life

To Vietnamese rice farmers, life depends on rice. Good harvest means good income. It means money to buy seeds to sow again and education for their children.
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ASEAN 101: ASEAN for the Next Generations

What does it take for the present generation to secure food for the future ASEAN?  Read more…

Biocontrol: The long-term solution for ASEAN agriculture (8 minutes: English language with no subtitle)

How safe is your food? The video deals with the mythical view of synthetic pesticide on our daily food crops and discusses potential alternatives such as the use of biological pest management. This 8-minute video also provides some opinions of crop producers, consumer and members of ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood System (ASEAN SAS) project to complete the picture.

Food standards video is now available in seven ASEAN languages.

Consumers increasingly want information and assurance about what they eat, but are often overwhelmed by the many different kinds of food standards. Read more…