1. We, the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), held our 37th Meeting on 10 September 2015 in Makati City, the Philippines, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Proceso J. Alcala, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.
Moving Towards 2015 and Beyond
2. We were encouraged that ASEAN cooperation in food, agriculture and forestry significantly contributed to the successful realisation of the ASEAN Community 2015,with 90.9% of the measures related to food, agriculture and forestry under the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2015 have been implemented as of today. We are confident that the implementation of the remaining measures will be completed by December 2015.
3. Building upon the achievement of the ASEAN Community, we endorsed the Vision and Strategic Plan for ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry 2016-2025 to chart out directions for ASEAN cooperation in these areas in supporting the realization of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. Under this Strategic Plan, we envisioned “A competitive, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Food, Agriculture, and Forestry (FAF) sectors integrated with the global economy, based on a single market and production base contributing to food and nutrition security, and prosperity in the ASEAN Community”. This vision will be realised with comprehensive action programmes under seven (7) strategic thrusts, namely:
i. Enhance quantity and quality of production with sustainable, ‘green’ technologies, resource management systems, and minimise pre- and post-harvest losses and waste;
ii. Enhance trade facilitation, economic integration and market access;
iii. Ensure food security, food safety, better nutrition and equitable distribution;
iv. Increase resilience to climate change, natural disasters and other shocks;
v. Assist resource constrained small producers and SMEs to improve productivity, technology and product quality, to meet global market standards and increase competitiveness;
vi. Strengthen ASEAN joint approaches on international and regional issues affecting the FAF sector;
vii. Promote sustainable forest management.
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