The 2nd ASEAN Rice Trade Forum – Rice Trade and Self-Sufficiency in ASEAN
4-5 June 2013, Sheraton Mustika Hotel Yogyakarta, Indonesia

June 5, 2013

    On 4-5 June 2013, the 2nd ASEAN Rice Trade Forum was conducted by ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Forum was technically supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and financed by Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) under ADB.

    The theme of this Forum was “Rice Trade and Self-Sufficiency in ASEAN” with the objectives to understand the dynamics and feasibility of rice self-sufficiency as a policy option and policy action in ASEAN; to identify the costs, benefits, risks, and trade-offs of rice self-sufficiency and rice trade; and to determine the key challenges and opportunities with respect to rice trade and rice self-sufficiency strategies, within the evolving regional and global context.

    Ms. Takako Ito, Minister-Counsellor of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN delivered welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony of the Forum. Ms. Ito elaborated on the current status of Japan’s rice production through development of rice cultivation technologies in order to increase food self-sufficiency. Furthermore, Ms. Ito described Japan’s active role in contributing together with Thailand, to the establishment and operationalisation of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR).

    The two-day Forum consisted of plenary meetings, break out group discussions, poster exhibit, as well as evidence-based policy analysis using tried and tested tools such as the Arkansas Global Rice Model. Participants of the Forum were representatives of ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB), ASEAN Secretariat, rice farmers groups, traders associations, NGOs, and international partners and donors.

The finalised working paper can be later accessed and downloaded at