COOPERATIVE HARMONY

Farmers’ Organisations Support Programme

Rice harvest

Farmers in ASEAN Member States can benefit from regional integration when national agricultural cooperatives are aligned with the Action Plan for the ASEAN Roadmap 2019-2025. Two regional workshops in March and September 2019, organised by the EU-funded ASEAN Farmers’ Organisations Support Programme, brought together important stakeholders in the region: the ASEAN Centre for the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives (ACEDAC), the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Agricultural Cooperatives (ASWGAC), farmers’ organisations, agri-agencies and the private sector. Important areas to be further developed are institutional capacity building, competitiveness, access to finance, and access to markets.

I believe we can find effective ways to strengthen the involvement of agricultural cooperatives in implementing the Action Plan. ASEAN Member States working in collaboration with all stakeholders will be key to achieving this.

Mya Myo Swe, Representative of ASWGAC Myanmar