The eleventh meeting of the asean ministers on agriculture and forestry and the ministers of agriculture of the people’s republic of china, japan and the republic of korea (11th amaf plus three) 7 october 2011, jakarta joint press statement


1.         The ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministers of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea held their Eleventh Meeting in Jakarta on 7 October 2011, under the chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Suswono, Minister of Agriculture, Indonesia.

2.         The Ministers reaffirmed their strong support in advancing cooperation in food, agriculture, and forestry sectors as guided by the Second Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation and the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Work Plan (2007-2017) which implies that linkages between the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Work Plan and the AMAF Plus Three cooperation projects should be further enhanced. In order to complement this decision, the Ministers supported and welcomed the development of the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Strategy (APTCS) Framework consisting of six (6) Strategic Areas, i.e. Strengthening Food Security, Biomass Energy Development, Sustainable Forest Management, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Animal Health and Disease Control and Cross-Cutting Issues.


3.         The Ministers noted the progress and endorsed in principle the ASEAN Plus Three Comprehensive Strategy on Food Security and Bio-energy Development (APTCS-FSBD), the main goal of which is to provide umbrella for multi-sectoral cooperation among the ASEAN Plus Three Countries in ensuring long-term food security and bio-energy development.  


4.         The Ministers considered and endorsed the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Agreement as a permanent scheme for meeting emergency requirements and achieving humanitarian purposes and affirmed their support for implementation of the scheme. The Ministers also agreed to expedite the process to get the agreement ratified in accordance with legal procedures and recognised the possibility of re-adjustment in the financial contribution of ASEAN Member States facing financial difficulties. 

5. The Ministers welcomed the aspiration by the Leaders at the 18th ASEAN Summit for the possibility of expanding coverage of the APTERR other than rice in times of emergency and in supporting the countries in vulnerable position as a result of food price volatility and surge in food demand. Along this line, the Ministers recognised the need to learn from experience and progress made in the implementation of the Agreement by focusing first on rice. The Ministers also recognised the need for adopting a step-by-step approach in considering expanding APTERR as a role model for other food commodities. Building on existing food security initiatives, the Ministers were of the view that relevant food security initiatives should be reviewed and enhanced to address concerns resulting from food price volatility and surge in food demand. The Ministers tasked the Senior Officials of ASEAN and the Plus Three Countries to work together in addressing the above concern towards ensuring long-term food security in the region.

6. The Ministers agreed and endorsed Proposal of Post-2012 ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) which would be operated after the end of current AFSIS Project in 2012. The objective is to establish AFSIS Network Centres (AFSIS NCs) as a self-sustaining mechanism. The proposed activities include ASEAN Food Security Analysis Report (AFSAR), Food Security Forecasting Model (FSFM) and Broadening Food Security Databases.  

7.         The Ministers expressed their satisfaction and appreciation on the various on-going projects’ activities conducted and will be conducted by the Plus Three Countries and by the ASEAN Secretariat in the field of food security, agricultural technology, mangrove ecosystem conservation and sustainable use, biomass energy, climate change adaptation, statistics, data management, plant variety protection, plant quarantine, aquaculture and information sharing and so on. The Ministers endorsed twonew project proposalsfrom Japan that aim to strengthen capacity buildingfor productivity enhancementand research in agriculture sector in ASEAN Countries.

8.         The Ministers noted the necessity of further cooperation of ASEAN and the Plus Three Countries on sustainable fisheries for food security. The Ministers recognised the importance of assisting ASEAN by the Plus Three Countries on identified priority areas of cooperation to support the implementation of Action on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security for the ASEAN Region Towards 2020 which was discussed in the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Conference held on 13-17 June 2011 in Bangkok, with emphasis on training and capacity building.


9.         The Ministers agreed to have the 12th AMAF Plus Three Meeting in Lao PDR in 2012. The Ministers expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and People of the Republic of Indonesia for the warm hospitality and excellent arrangements made for the 11th AMAF Plus Three Meeting.




H.E.  Pehin Dato Yahya, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam

H.E. Mr. Chan Tong Yves, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia

H.E. Dr. Suswono, Minister of Agriculture, Indonesia

H.E. Mr. Vilayvanh Phomkhe, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR

H.E. Mr. Noh Bin Omar, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Malaysia

H.E. Mr. Ohn Than, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar

H.E.Dr. Joel S. Rudinas, Undersecretary of Agriculture, Philippines

H.E. Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development and Defence, Singapore

H.E. Miss Supatra Thanaseniwat, Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

H.E. Dr. Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam

H.E.  Mr. Zhu Baocheng, Senior Consultant of the Ministry of Agriculture, China

H.E.Mr. Michihiko Kano, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan

H.E.Mr. Kim, Jong-Jin, Deputy Minister for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of Korea

H.E. Mr. S. Pushpanathan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community


« Go back

Strengthening cooperation with the American countries in agriculture


To align with the Government’s policy to strengthen and expand international cooperation in agriculture and rural sector with the American countries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has signed several agreement or memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation activities with American countries, like Venezuela, Panama, Cuba, Argentina, El Salvador… MARD expected that the enhancement of technical cooperation with American countries would facilitate more information and technological exchange to serve agriculture production in the country, while contributing to the world food security.

Continue the efforts toward the goal of development a comprehensive and sustainable agriculture in Vietnam


Statement by the Minister of MARD Cao Duc Phat at the meeting with key leaders of the Ministry on 3rd Aug 2011, specified: the past tenure, ARD achieved significant goals in all aspects, thanks for crucial contributions from MARD’s officials, specialists and farmers nationwide and the closed directions from the Party, the Gov and the related Ministries and sectors
In this new tenure, challenges for ARD production are very severe, particularly the unexpected natural disasters, epidemics, input material prices for agriculture production, etc; all these factors are challenges for direction and execution of ARD production. 

VN pushes ties with Sierra Leone


(MARD - 28/07/2011) Viet Nam hopes to increase its ties with Sierra Leone through visits between various level leaders from the two countries.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu made the statement at a meeting with her counter part, Ali Mansaray, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Forestry yesterday in Ha Noi.
Both sides agreed to prioritise areas of trade on agricultural products and exchange expert advice and research on agricultural technology.

Program on Avian Influenza, Pandemic Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases for the period from 2011-2015


Consultation Workshop on the Vietnam Integrated Operation Program on Avian Influenza, Pandemic Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases (AIPED) for the period  2011-2015 in Hanoi, 21/6/2011.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and PAHI have proposed the total budget need for program is about 8,058 billion VND (equivalent to 383.7 millionUSD).

Workshop on Rice, Farmers and Rural Development in Vietnam: from successful growth to sustainable prosperity


On June 13th, 2011, in Can Tho city, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) cooperated with the World Bank (WB) in Vietnam to hold the workshop "Rice farmers and rural development in Vietnam: from the successful growth to sustainable prosperity". Professor, Dr. Bui Ba Bong, Vice Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director in Vietnam, co-chaired the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to share and discuss the research results of policy consultancy held by the World Bank with the participation of leading research institutions in Vietnam, on agricultural issues related to structure and status of rice production in Vietnam; recommending a number of issues on policy and national strategies on food security, rice land management, market and production chain development – rice trading in the Mekong Delta River in particular and in Vietnam in general.

Minister of Agricultur e and Rural Development participates in the Special Consultant Board on agriculture- food security – climate change


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed official letter No 2984/VPVP-QHQT dated 11/5/2011 approving Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to participate in the Special Consultant Board on agriculture- food security – climate change proposed by WB and Netherlands.

Public – Private Partnership in Insurance for Farmers


The Insurance Program of “An Nong Viet” intends to start implementation from 1st July, 2011 over nation. According to principle of the contract, objects are insured by the program to be plant varieties using Phu My fertilizer of PVFCCo, insured beneficiary (the insured) are farmers who use Phu My fertilizer and insurance fee is supported totally by PVFCCo.

The US has offered access for rambutan from Viet Nam to the US market since 19 April 2011.


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) made that decision after they had conducted the risk assessment of the possible diseases of the rambutan. USDA also provided the list of quarantine measures to ensure safety of the products, that the exporters must apply when they export rambutan to US, including: the rambutan exported to the US must be for commercial purpose; the product must be irradiated in line with the set regulations, i.e. the minimum absorbance level was 400 Gy.

Mechanism for private enterprises accesses ODA capital will be formulated


The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is cooperating with relevant State Management Agencies and donors to draft and issue a mechanism for private enterprises approaching ODA capital in the forth quarter of 2011. Prime Minister has agreed in principle amendment and addition contents to issue Regulation on management and use of Official Development Aid (ODA)

Signing Ceremony of the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program


On 7 April 2011, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed the MOI on the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program with the witnesses of Mr. Diệp Kỉnh Tần, MARD’ Vice Minister and Ms. Virginia E. Palmer, Charge’ D’ Affaires of US Embassy in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam - Saudi Arabia Agricultural Cooperation


On the 3rd of March, 2011 in Ha Noi, an agreement was reached at talks between Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Minister of Saudi Arabian Agriculture and Commerce and Industry. Both sides had discussed some cooperation orientations: Saudi Arabia will help Viet Nam to ensure energy security and Viet Nam will help Saudi Arabia food security.

UN provides $2.7m to manage forests


The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) signed an agreement with the Vietnamese Government (04/03/2011), committing itself to a technical assistance partnership to develop the country's capacity in forest resources assessment. The agreement launched the National Forest Assessment (NFA) project, a US$2.7 million project financed through FAO's forest co-operation programme with the Finnish government. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hua Duc Nhi co-signed the project document with the FAO representative in Viet Nam Yuriko Shoji.

Investment promotion forum on agriculture and rural development in the North Central provinces


On December 6, Investment promotion forum on agriculture and rural development in the North Central provinces which was chaired by Minister of Agriculture and Rural development Cao Duc Phat has taken place in Quang Binh.

Vietnam celebrates the 30th anniversary of the World Food Day and 65th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


At the Institute of Agro-forestry Sciences in the northern mountainous area, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a 30-year anniversary of the World Food Day and the 65th anniversary of FAO (16/10/1980 - 10/16/2010) with the theme "Combined hands against poverty. "FAO Representative, Ms. Yuriko Shoji said the number of people going hungry in 2009 has reached the peach of 1 billion people, the largest ever.

International Rice Congress (IRC2010)


As the world struggles to feed itself, leading Asian rice producer, Vietnam, will host the largest congress of world’s rice experts in 2010 Apart from oil, rice is the world’s most complex commodity, influencing global politics, national governments, large tracts of land, a large proportion of the population, the climate and the environment. The 3rd International Rice Congress 2010, the world’s largest gathering of rice scientists, researchers, and technology experts, is going to be held from November 8-12, 2010 at the Vietnam National Convention Center in Hanoi.

Germany to assist Vietnam in training farmers in forestry


On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam – Germany diplomatic ties, on 5 October 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam has received the gifts worth 11,000 Euros from the Government of the Republic Federal Germany.

Support mountainous rural farmers in application of advanced technology


New rural area is a "revolution" - the State and people work together


Markets are in favour of agricultural product exports


Develop cooperatives to be firm foundation for national economy


Vietnamese fisheries sector to improve competitiveness through traceability system


Rural development Programme to build ‘new' rural areas successful


Agriculture, fisheries census to be conducted


Mozambique Prime Minister visits Vietnam’s Academy of Agricultural Sciences


On 4 Sept. 2010, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique, Aires Bonifacio Baptista Ali, paid a visit to the Vietnam’s Academy of Agricultural Sciences within the framework of the official friendship visit from 31/8- 5 / 9 at the invitation of the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung.

International cooperation and economic integration of the agriculture and rural development sector in the second half of 2010


Vietnam Tea International Conference 2010


Vietnam tea International Conference 2010 was held in Hanoi on 30 July 2010, with the participation of over 20 organizations, countries and territories. The conference is also an opportunity for Vietnam to discuss, listen and update the latest information of the world tea market and seek commerce opportunities.

Establishment of the Steering Committee for the Project "Vocational training for rural workers until 2020"


List of research programs and projects for science and technology and investment in 2020 by MARD


Manual guidelines for foreign direct investment to agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Vietnam 2010


Vietnam and Namibia to speed up agreement on fisheries cooperation


Sweden – Vietnam strengthen partners’ cooperation in agriculture and rural development


ISG five-year review (2006-2010) and 2011-2015 concept development


ICD MARD Forum Highlights Priority Projects for ARD Sector in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


Quang Nam Province Strengthens Cooperation With INGOs at Hanoi Conference




New Challenge Fund to stimulate innovation in Vietnam ARD businesses and benefit rural poor


National workshop Management of paddy land and policy for rice development to ensure national food security


Assistance to Cuba’s food production


Agritech ‘09 Exhibition in Tel Aviv, along with a study tour in Israel


Promoting Vietnam’s investment in Cambodia


Workshop on “Announcing the Framework Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation of the Agriculture and Rural Development sector”


Meeting of the 1st ASEAN Fisheries Consultative Forum (AFCF) and the 17th ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi)


Signing the Memorandum of Understanding between Vietnam and Central Africa within the framework of the Partnership Agreement implementing the Cooperative Programs in the areas of agriculture, rural development, livestock and animal health


Workshops on a National Action Plan with respect to the Sustainable Development of the Fisheries Sector upon Vietnam’s Accession to the WTO during the period 2010-2012


Mid-term Review of the Consultative Group (CG) for Vietnam


The 6th ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (AMRDPE) and the Senior Officials Meeting of ASEAN Members and the partners of China, Japan and South Korea (SOMRDPE+3)


Orientation for Farming Economic Development


Strategy for the fishery production and processing sector in the Mekong Delta towards export.


The International Consultation on the Regulation for Foreign Assistance Management and Utilisation in MARD


Signing the US$1million grant agreement for the preparation of the rural infrastructure development project funded by the ADB


Go to page: Page 1/21
Top page ⇑

About Us | MARD Structure | Policy Dialogue | Sitemap

Copyright © 2010 by ISG - International Support Group.

ISG - International Support Group, First floor, B4 Building , no 2 Ngoc Ha street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (84 - 4) 37711736 Fax : (84-4) 37713071