1. The ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) held our 36th Meeting on 23 September 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, under the Chairmanship of H.E U Myint Hlaing, Union Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Myanmar.
2. H.E. U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar preceded the Opening Ceremony and officiated the meeting. In his Opening Remarks, the President emphasised the need to take concerted efforts in addressing food security and nutrition to meet the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (UN-MDGs). Acknowledging the adverse impacts of climate change that has affected the region, he urged ASEAN to work together in ensuring sustainable agriculture. Double efforts need to be undertaken to conserve natural resources, including water and forest resources, and to protect ecological system as well as to develop smallholder farmers and family farming system. In realizing the ASEAN Community, ASEAN should enhance cooperation and strengthened partnerships with dialogue partners, and international development partners.
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