ASEAN-Japan Agricultural Symposium

On November 21, the Symposium of “Promoting Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture and Food System through Innovation: ASEAN’s Initiatives and Japan's Contribution” was co-organized by the ASEAN Secretariat and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) with the support of ERIA which was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. Ambassador Kiya of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN delivered a speech.
The symposium was held for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, and was attended by approximately 130 participants, including officials from the Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry of ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste, as well as private companies and university researchers.
In the opening session, Mr. Satvinder Singh, ASEAN Deputy-Secretary General for Economic Community Affairs, introduced the ASEAN's implementation of the ASEAN Regional Guidelines for Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN, carbon neutrality, and reduction of the use of hazardous pesticides.
Afterward, Mr. Ryosuke Ogawa, Vice Minister of MAFF Japan expressed his commitment to contribute to building a strong and sustainable agriculture and food system in the ASEAN region through innovation, based on the ASEAN-Japan MIDORI Cooperation Plan, which was adopted at the ASEAN-Japan Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting in October.
On behalf of ASEAN countries, Mr. Candradijaya, Director General of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia, as the ASEAN Chairmanship, introduced the “ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration on Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Response to Crises” which was adopted at the ASEAN Summit in September 2023.
Mr. Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Deputy Director-General of the Export and International Affairs Bureau (and Deputy Director-General of the Cabinet), MAFF Japan, and other project implementing agencies listed in the ASEAN-Japan MIDORI Cooperation Plan, introduced their respective activities.
In addition, various innovation initiatives in the agricultural and food sectors by both Japanese and ASEAN companies, as well as JICA's pre-launch the ASEAN-JICA Food Value Chain Development Project were introduced during the session.
Through this symposium, it is expected that the public and private sectors in Japan and ASEAN countries will work together to promote the food security initiatives being pursued by ASEAN countries.
In this occasion, the Mission of Japan to ASEAN hosted the 5th Japanese Food Lecture and Demonstration Event in conjunction with lunch at the symposium (click here for an overview of the event).