ASEAN Learning Route on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALRAC)
Strengthening the Role of Agricultural Cooperatives to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community for the Benefit of the Smallholder Farmers
March 28 – April 3, 2016
Given the important role of agricultural cooperatives and farmer organizations in improving production and marketing in the context of the regional integration process in ASEAN, the ASEAN Farmers’ Organization Support Program (AFOSP) to the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase Two (MTCP2), a project supported by the European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and implemented through the consortium AFA and LVC, in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation and PROCASUR, is organizing an ASEAN Learning Route on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALRAC).
This Learning Route offers the opportunity to learn directly in the field and from key players some of the best practices on:
• Agricultural cooperatives good management in the areas of internal organization, service provision to members, networking and market power;
• Development of cross-country market strategies and agreements involving public and private sector; and,
• Public policies, national legal frameworks/laws, programs and mechanism for the support of agricultural cooperatives in the framework of the ASEAN Economic Community
The learning route will make a visit to two countries (Thailand and Philippines) where good practices of agricultural cooperatives as well as inclusive and sustainable value-chain models abound.