AFA Chairperson meets with ASEAN Ministers

Vientianne, Laos — The AFA Chairperson, Mr.Oun Sophal, represented the farmer sector in the 2nd Private sector dialogue with ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) held last September 27, 2012 in Vientianne, Laos. With support from broader civil society delegation, Mr.Oun Sophal reiterated the call for the creation of ASEAN small-scale farmers/producers council as continuing mechanism for engaging small-scale farmers in the decion-making processes within ASEAN. He also put forward the call for a regional ASEAN standard on good agricultural investment that would protect the interest of small-scale farmers and rural people amidst growing agricultural investment within the region. He mentioned that many small-scale farmers are exploited in agricultural investment schemes due to lack of government support for legal advice on contract negotiation and other marketing intermediation assistance.

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