AFOSP

AFOSP – The Road to Better Engage Farmer Organisations in ASEAN

The agriculture sector is a common denominator for the ASEAN Member States. In some countries, agriculture sector is the main livelihood for its citizens. Moreover, the agriculture sector is the economy backbone and the main contributor for countries’ foreign exchange such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

Since its establishment, the ASEAN Foundation has been committed to support the agriculture sector as a part of its mandate to address socio-economic disparities and alleviate poverty, as well as to develop human resources and capacity building. Sustaining this commitment, the Foundation is participating in the ASEAN Farmers’ Organisations Support Programme (AFOSP).

 

AFOSP is a European Union (EU) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) grant for a multi-stakeholder project which aims to improve the livelihoods and food security situation of smallholder farmers and rural producers in ASEAN countries. The role of the ASEAN Foundation in AFOSP focuses on promoting policy dialogues and interactions between farmers and rural organisations and ASEAN institutions. Other partners in AFOSP include the Asian Famers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC).

The overall mandate of AF is to actualise and energise the ASEAN Blueprint especially the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) blueprint. Specifically, the key role of AF is to bridge the coordination between the relevant sectoral ASEAN bodies in support of AFOSP, such as those under the ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) and ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (AMRDPE); and to facilitate the engagement and participation of the ASEAN farmers in the regional policy-making processes.

The ASEAN Foundation under AFOSP component officially kicked off on 15 October 2015. During that quarter, the main activities were to set up the project team, to develop the work plan, budget and communication plans for the period. Its activities in 2016 concentrated on developing public awareness materials on ASEAN 101 and the ASEAN Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), networking and consultation with the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Centre for the Development of Agriculture Cooperatives (ACEDAC) and other organisations, organising exchange visits and participation in the relevant ASEAN sectoral bodies to contribute to the implementation of relevant ASEAN Work Plans supporting the farmer organisations.

Partners

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)

La Via Campesina (LVC)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

The European Union (EU)

 

Donor

  1. The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
  2. La Via Campesina
  3. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  4. The European Union (EU)

AFOSP Thematic Highlight

  1. ASEAN Agricultural Cooperative Landscape
  2. ASEAN Learning Series
  3. ASEAN EU Youth Forum

AFOSP Publications

  1. Ekspor Kopi Harus Dibenahi, KOMPAS – 29 July 2017
  2. ASEAN Foundation : Petani Kopi ASEAN Bersatu, TRUBUS – September 2017
  3. ALSPEAC Spirit : Let’s go for ASEAN Coffee – Video Compilation

Supporting Documents

  1. ASEAN Standard for Coffee Bean
  2. ASEAN GAP Food Safety Module
  3. ASEAN 101

Contact

Ms. Yacinta Esti Wulan Wahyu Jati
Project Manager AFOSP
yacinta.jati@aseanfoundation.org

 

AFOSP Thematic Highlight

ASEAN Agricultural Cooperative Landscape

2016 : AFOSP supports ASWGAC Plan Action 2016-2020

  • Theme : promote policy forums between ASEAN farmers’ organisations and ASWGAC.
  • Time : 22-26 Mei 2016
  • Place : Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Participants : ASEAN Member state
  • Output : ALRAC,ASEAN 101ASEAN GAP Food Safety Module.
Action Programme Activities Sub Activities Responsible
ASEAN
Bodies/Lead
Country
Timeline Key Performance Indicators
/Deliverables/Means of
Verification
Promote and strengthen
cooperatives and farmers
organizations so as to better integrate small producers in the
value chains and to provide
collective platforms to deal with
production and market risks. (ST5,
AP5.2)
Promote e-commerce for
agricultural cooperatives
in ASEAN – promote the awareness
of ASEAN agricultural
cooperatives and farmers’
organisations on ASEAN
process and dynamics
– promote policy forums
between ASEAN farmers’
organisations and
ASWGAC.
– Fcilitate thematic
learning exchanges for
ASEAN farmers’
organisations
-to identify and
address the
relevant issues that will be face by the
small farmers and
cooperatives
– produce
awareness material
– produce farmers’
friendly ASEAN
GAP
– ASEAN Learning
Route
ASWGAC,
ACEDAC/
AMS ASWGAC
Partner :
AF/AFOSP
2016-2020. 2017
2016-2019
-establishment of the ecommerce
platform to
integrate the AMS’s agricultural cooperatives
– set of awarness material
produced
– set of ASEAN GAP
playingcard produced
– three thematic learning
route

2017 : Emphasize ASWGAC Activities

  • Theme : promote policy forums between ASEAN farmers’ organisations and ASWGAC.
  • Time : 16-19 Mei 2017
  • Place : Phientien, Lao PDR
  • Participants : ASEAN Member state
  • Output : ALSPEAC, Interactive ASEAN Standard on Livestock (2017), Coffee profiling.

 

ASEAN Learning Series

2016 : ASEAN Learning Route on Agricultural Cooperatives

  • Theme : ASEAN Learning Route on Agricultural Cooperatives
  • Time : 28 March – 3 April 2016
  • Place : The Philippines and Thailand
  • Participants : 7 govt. officials and 23 FO´s leaders from 8 ASEAN states
  • Objective : Strengthening the role of agricultural cooperatives in addressing the challenges and opportunities of AEC by learning and gaining knowledge about the best practices in agricultural cooperatives management in the Philippines and Thailand.
  • More info : Click hereto download lesson learned document from ALRAC 2016

2017 : ASEAN Learning Series and Policy Engagement on Agricultural Cooperatives

  • Theme : ASEAN Learning Series and Policy Engagement on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALSPEAC) – Inclusive Agricultural Value Chain for Coffee
  • Time : 19-21 July 2017
  • Place : Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Participants : 65 individuals from governments, private sectors, and various farmers’ organizations across ASEAN
  • Objective: Promoting the ASEAN standard on coffee and enhancing the optimum output of ASEAN coffee value chain & business matchmaking.
  • Expected Outcome : Promotion to have ASEAN brand on specific agricultural produce (coffee) & Ensure participation of agricultural cooperative in regional agricultural value chain.
  • Output: Business Matchmaking & direct trading between farmer & private sector.
  • More info : Click here to read more

 

ASEAN EU Youth Forum

2016 : Round Table Family Farming

  • Theme : Round Discussion on Strengthening Agricultural Cooperative and Attracting Youth in Agriculture
  • Time : 7 November 2016
  • Place : Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Participants : ASEAN Foundation (AF), EU Jakarta Office, AgriCord, Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA), AsiaDHRRA and the Consortium of Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC)
  • Goals : Cooperation and partnership to access market through geographical indication trademark.
  • More info : Click here to download more info

 

List of supporting documents

Documents File Name
ALRAC 2016 Lesson Learned ALRAC 2016
ALSPEAC on TRUBUS Magazine Artikel Trubus
ASEAN 101_Fell Ver ASEAN 101_Fell Ver
ASEAN GAP Food Safety Module ASEAN GAP Food Safety Module
ASEAN YOUTH_RTD_DOC ASEAN YOUTH_RTD
ASEAN_STANDARD_FOR_COFFEE_BEAN ASEAN_STANDARD_FOR_COFFEE_BEAN
ALSPEAC on KOMPAS Newpaper KOMPAS

 

RESOURCES:

Lessons Learned from the ASEAN Learning Route on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALRAC) 2016

Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase Two (MTCP2) ASEAN

Farmers Fighting Poverty (FFP)