Working towards a happy ending

Steering Committee Meeting to direct the near ending ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project

ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS) project will end in December 2017. In about 12 months, the project has to complete all of its planned activities and make sure it has fulfilled all objectives and indicators as approved before the project has started to be called ‘successfully completed’.

Project Focal Points at the 7th Steering Committee Meeting of the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems
Project Focal Points at the 7th Steering Committee Meeting of the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems

Project Steering Committee members from ASEAN Member States (AMS) are one of the key actors in directing the project into the planned direction. Since the project started in 2014, a number of steering committee meetings have been organized to steer and oversee project direction, progress and provide guidance on project implementation so as to ensure the success of the project.

The next Steering Committee Meeting (SCM) of the ASEAN SAS is in its eighth and will be conducted in Malaysia from 7-8 December 2016. The main objectives of the Meeting are to monitor the overall progress and achievements of project implementation since 2014, to consider future activities to fulfill all project indicators and complete the project in 2017, to follow up actions derived from 23rd  ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Crops (ASWGC) Meeting, and to consider the Draft Regional Guidelines on Soil and Nutrient Management.

It is expected that this two-day Meeting will be resulting in the strategy and advise to fulfill all project indicators in order to complete and wrap-up the project at the end of 2017. The Meeting is expected to have approximately 20 participants which are AMS Project Focal Points, representative from ASEAN Secretariat, and Project Coordination Unit (PCU).

Recently, the 7th  SCM of the ASEAN SAS was held in Bangkok on 16 – 17 June 2016. The Meeting dedicated for key issues such as Updates on Actions Taken from 6th SCM, Progress and Achievements of Project Implementation, Proposed Agenda for the 23rd Meeting of the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Crops (ASWGC), Proposed ASEAN SAS Extension to incorporate crop insurance, the Proposed Development of ASEAN Cooperation on Crops Website and Working Mechanism of GIZ and AMS at the National Level.

ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (SAS) is one of the two modules under ASEAN – German Programme on Response to Climate Change in Agriculture and Forestry (GAP-CC). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) from 2014-2017 and hosted by the Thai Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives where its Project Coordination Unit (PCU) is located.

The overall objective of the project is to enable ASEAN Member States to implement the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action on Food Security in the ASEAN Region (SPA-FS), Strategic Thrust 4: Promote Sustainable Food Production at the national level. ASEAN SAS has focused on three intervention areas to promote sustainable agrifood systems in ASEAN: (1) Policy Framework; (2) Implementation of Production Technologies and (3) Market Linkages of which various activities are carried out at both regional and national levels.



Group photo at the the 7th Steering Committee Meeting of the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project
Group photo at the the 7th Steering Committee Meeting of the ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems project

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