Participants at the meeting

ASEAN and CGIAR program to boost Agri-food innovation

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-CGIAR Innovate for Food and Nutrition Security Regional Program was launched at the 45th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4 October 2023. This initiative is set to boost integrated innovations and enhance the resilience of ASEAN’s agri-food systems in the face of climate change.

Participants at the meeting (photo credit: IRRI/Eisen Bernard Bernardo).

Over the next decade, the program's goal is to improve livelihoods for food producers, ensure affordable, nutritious, and healthy food for consumers, and create a healthier natural environment. 

The program was developed collaboratively with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN member states, and various partners. It emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach, ensuring that the program and food security solutions are co-created and co-owned by ASEAN partners.

The ASEAN-CGIAR Innovate for Food Regional Program focuses on eight intervention packages, addressing different aspects from agrochemical use to climate neutrality, agrobiodiversity, value chains, among others.

Several funding partners, including Australia and the UK, expressed their support and commitment to the program whose launch was a significant milestone in enhancing innovation within ASEAN's agri-food systems. .

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