1. The 32nd Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) was held in Phnom Penh, on 23 October 2010 under the Chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia.

Towards ASEAN Community and Regional Integration

2. The Ministers noted with appreciation on-going progress of the contribution of food, agriculture, and forestry sectors towards realization of the ASEAN Community and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Ministers reassured their full support in advancing the implementation of relevant measures outlined in the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community (2009-2015) declared by the 14th ASEAN Summit in March 2009.

3. The Ministers expressed satisfaction on the progress made in food, agriculture and forestry sectors. The Ministers further endorsed the following ASEAN standards and documents:

i.  ASEAN Phytosanitary Guidelines for the Importation of Dendrobium Cut Flowers;
ii. 13 ASEAN Harmonised MRLs of the following nine (9) pesticides: abamectin (chilli pepper), cypermethrin (asparagus and longan), chlorpyrifos (rice), cyhalothrin (soybean immature), deltamethrin (asparagus and mango), fenvalerate (mango), malathion (pummelo), methomyl (okra), profenofos (chilli, mango, and mangosteen);
iii. ASEAN Standards for a) Jackfruit, b) Cucumber, c) Melon and d) Salacca;
iv. ASEAN Chain of Custody Guidelines for Legal Timber and Sustainable Timber; and
v.  Roadmap Towards an HPAI-Free ASEAN Community by 2020.

Achieving Food Security in ASEAN Region

5. The Ministers welcomed the good progress in the implementation of the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework and the Strategic Plan of Action on ASEAN Food Security (SPA-FS), development of engaging private sector and civil society. The Ministers urged the close collaboration and partnership among dialogue partners, development partners and international organisations to foster coordination and implementation of activities as well as monitoring and reporting of progress of the AIFS Framework and the SPA-FS.

6. The Ministers welcomed initiative and cooperation with ADB on technical assistance to support the implementation of AIFS framework particularly on Food security and emergency/shortage relief, sustainable food trade development and strengthening food information network in ASEAN. The Ministers further welcomed FAO initiative in Linking Information and Decision Making to Improve Food Security and developing the capacities of Food Security Professional.

Responding to the Impact of Climate Change

7. The Ministers recalled the Joint Response to Climate Change declared at the 16th ASEAN Summit on 9 April 2010 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. In the Joint Response to Climate Change, the Leaders tasked the agriculture and forestry sectors to engage in cooperation in research and development and knowledge sharing. The Leaders also reaffirmed their agreement on and effective implementation of Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)-plus mechanisms. These initiatives will contribute to enhanced food production, agricultural productivity and water resources sustainability, while adapting to the adverse effects of climate change and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the sectors, thus ensuring sustainable livelihoods of farmers and food security in the ASEAN region.

8. In this connection, the Ministers commended the progress in the implementation of “ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFCC)”. The Ministers welcomed a newly proposed ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change: Agriculture, Forestry and related Sectors (GAP-CC) in support of the implementation of the AFCC. The Ministers reaffirmed their support in addressing the climate change impacts through the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures in agriculture and forestry towards food security in the region.

Strengthening of Cooperation on Animal Health and Zoonoses

9. The Ministers recognised the significant importance of the ASEAN Cooperation on Animal Health and Zoonoses in the sustainable economic development of the region and in the ASEAN Community-building process. In this connection, the Ministers announced the ASEAN Ministerial Statement on ASEAN Cooperation on Animal Health and Zoonoses at a side event held on 24 October 2010 in Phnom Penh. The Statement underscores the achievements and continuing efforts in addressing transboundary animal diseases i.e. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Classical Swine Fever (CSF), and multi-sectoral cooperation toward One Health approach. On HPAI, the Ministers endorsed, with full support for the implementation, the “Roadmap Towards an HPAI-Free ASEAN Community by 2020” to serve as our long-term strategic framework in addressing avian influenza and other transboundary and zoonotic diseases of significant priority to the region.

Partnership with Dialogue Partners and International Organisations

10. The Ministers expressed appreciation for the assistance and support, in advancing cooperation on food, agriculture and forestry in ASEAN region, rendered by various dialogue partners and international organizations, among others: Australia, China, European Commission, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC).

33rd AMAF Meeting

11. The ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry will meet in Indonesia in 2011.

12. The Ministers from other ASEAN Member Countries expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and People of Cambodia for hosting the 32nd AMAF Meeting and for their warm hospitality and excellent arrangements made for the Meeting.

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LIST OF MINISTERS

  1. H.E. Pehin Dato Yahya, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam
  2. H.E. Dr. Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia
  3. H.E. Dr. Suswono, Minister of Agriculture, Indonesia
  4. H.E. Dr. Ty Phommasack Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
  5. H.E. Datuk Seri Noh Bin Omar, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia
  6. H.E. Mr. Ohn Myint, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar
  7. H.E. Dr. Segfredo R. Serrano, Undersecretary of Department of Agriculture, Philippines
  8. H.E. Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Parliamentary Secretary for National Development, Singapore
  9. H.E. Mr. Theera Wongsamut, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand
  10. H.E. Mr. Ho Xuan Hung, Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam
  11. H.E. Mr. S. Pushpanathan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community