Building and Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in ASEAN: A Preliminary Scoping Study
‘ASEAN Regional Guidelines for Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN’ were adopted at the 44th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry on 26 October 2022. The successful implementation of these guidelines necessitates the development of a practical action plan. To assist ASEAN in implementing these guidelines and provide valuable insights for the action plan’s development, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia conducted a preliminary scoping study. This study aimed to identify key technology and policy areas, assess the current status of sustainable agriculture, and recommend initiatives for achieving sustainable and circular agriculture. The study findings highlight the prevalence of specific initiatives, significant disparities in initiatives between Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV) and non-CLMV countries, and prioritised strategies amongst the 28 key strategies outlined in the Guidelines. The action plan should outline practical actions aligned with the priority strategies, complete with achievable targets and timelines.