AFMA participates in The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) 2018
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in partnership with Cyberport and the Innovation and Technology Bureau of HKSAR Government, held the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) 2018 last April 10-11 in Hong Kong.
AFMA served as Chair of the Task Force on Agriculture and Food.
With the theme on “Harnessing Business to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through Technology, Innovation and Financing”, the forum focused on how business engagements can enhance the achievement of inclusive and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. Discussions were anchored on initiating private sector-led innovation and technology to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; improving access to finance to facilitate income generation; as well as identifying innovative solutions to address challenges in achieving the SDGs.
The dialogue was preceded by the 5th Meeting of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN)
With the Task Force’s objective of achieving SDG No. 2: zero hunger, AFMA continue our commitment to advancing sustainable agriculture and food safety.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Task Force on Agriculture and Food for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific - UNESCAP paid a visit to the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand to collaborate on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in agriculture and food.
Sustinable Branding - Coffee and Beyond
Regional Geographical Indications (GI) & Traceability Network (GITN) for Agriculture and Food
Geographical Indications & Traceability Network (GITN) for Agriculture and Food is to facilitate GI & Traceability knowledge and quality assurance systems to support products' valorisation, consumers' demand and protection as well as dialogue and cooperation between relevant partners, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and general public.
GITN will facilitate the delivering of food safety, food nutrition, origin linked , indigenous and community brand value to the end consumers through the building and strengthening of sustainable and trustful food and agriculture value chains.
The Network is formally launched at the Auditorium, Queen Sirikit National Conference Centre (QSNCC) on 10 March 2018, 13:00-15:00 hrs
GITN is a borderless public-private-people-partnerships aiming at bringing well being and sustainability to the food value chain.
Interested parties and stakeholders are invited to attend the event as well to join the Network during the event or after through www.sustainableagrofood.org or through firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Stenden University Address
AFMA was invited to deliver the keynote address at the 'The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition, Food Hygiene and Food Waste' by Stenden University
European Union Delegation to Thailand Cooperation
With the European Union Delegation to Thailand Cooperation Section for further collaboration on sustainable food value chain
Collaboration on SDGs with Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Thailand
The Sustainable Agro food Business Forum was organized on 26-27 September 2017 at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand to acknowledge the importance of agriculture and food role to mobilize MSMEs food producers and Small holders to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
All 7 dialogues had led to the establishment of Sustainable Agro Food Platform. The multi-stakeholders include policy-makers, Small holders, SE and MSME business sectors, international agencies, civil society organizations and academics.
Standardisation for trading on Agricultural Commodities
AFMA and FAO co-organised Grading and Standardisation for trading on Agricultural Commodities.
Delegates had visited Thai Royal Project and crafted Cremation Paper flower for the funeral of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol.
Cold Chain Asia
AFMA was invited to deliver welcoming speech at the Cold Chain Asia to support SDGs on food lost and food waste
SDG Week at UNCC
AFMA co-organized the Workshop on Promoting Cross-border Agricultural Trade for Sustainable Development at UNCC during 28-30 November, 2016.
This platform will be a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the international community, civil society and the private sector and provide them with:
(1) an enabling environment for knowledge sharing and engaging in technical level discussions on different aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and
(2) the opportunity to provide feedback on the support required from ESCAP and other development partners as they prepare to implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development at the national level.
Chinese Taipei International Fruit & Vegetable Show 2016
AFMA was invited to to present on Sustainable Food Value Chain and exhibit at Chinese Taipei Fruit and Vegetable show 10-12 November, 2016.
Agricultural and Food Task Force of the United Nations ESCAP Business Advisory Council
Agricultural and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific initiated and Co-Chair Agricultural and Food Task Force of UNESCAP Business Advisory Council during 11th EBAC Meeting and 2nd ESBN Meeting on 31 Oct 2016 to 1 Nov 2016 at UNCC (United Nations Convention Center) Bangkok
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PGS+ to Sustainable Value Chain
Agricultural and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific (AFMA) and Vintage Farm D are partnering and working on the “Sustainable Value Chain Programme” through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and PGS+ practice with smallholder farmers in many parts of Thailand.
In general, PGS (Participatory Guarantee System) is one of the guidelines to guarantee the organic farming locally, it will bring more benefit to include reliable and affordable guarantee system when delivering the produces into the upscale markets. Thus, the + on PGS is achieved by adding the Pesticide Residues Testing as a quality assurance and value addition to PGS organic farmers. All kinds of produces especially, local vegetables to reflect biodiversity and support the food security from smallholder farmers will be quality-checked and certified before delivering to mindful consumers.
According to the PGS+ practice, the + sign will represent agro-ecological practice and reliable Pesticide Residues Testing and certification as the quality assurance and value addition for PGS+ organic farmers, it empowers small holder farmers to do organic farming with safety assurance at most affordable cost. This will bring market accessibility and reasonable revenue from their produces. This programme will also directly benefit the mindful consumers to consume the safe food at most reasonable price, moreover, as mindful consumer, they will be a major part of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
On 16th of September, at 2 p.m., AFMA and Vintage Farm D will host the warmest event for the organic vegetable lovers at Gourmet Market, Emquartier. We will present on major points of
1). How does the PGS+ effectively benefit to both the small holder farmers and the mindful consumers? and
2). What are the real keys to make this scheme sustainable?
As key stakeholders, children from the families who are learning and practicing organic farming will share their inspiring story as a key success factor for “Sustainable Value Chain” along with the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for PGS+ organic farmers.
Regional Roundtable on World Programme for Census of Agriculture (WCA 2020)
AFMA organized the "Regional Roundtable on World Programme for Census of Agriculture (WCA 2020)" at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok, Thailand during 19-23 September, 2016.
There were the delegates from 22 countries including the resource persons from FAO-ROME and FAO-RAP to share the experiences of their counties for Census of Agriculture.
The 36th Session of the Executive Committee Meeting and
the 18th Session of the General Assembly of AFMA
The 36th Session of the Executive Committee Meeting and the 18th Session of the General Assembly of AFMA had been held at the Millennium Hilton Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on 19 August 2016. The Chairperson for 2017 to 2018 is from the National Cooperative Development Corporation, India and Vice Chairperson is from the Ministry of Food, Government of the people's Republic of Bangladesh.
SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2016
AFMA presented and exhibited Sustainable Value Chain model at SIMA ASEAN at IMPACT convention center during 8-10 September, 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
AFMA Executive Director visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand to discuss about AFMA's mission and membership programme.
Afforestation and Organic Rice Plantation for Mother's Day 2016
AFMA and Clump Foundation mobilized SDG 2 and 15 through Land Art organic rice plantation and Afforestation to celebrate Thailand National Mother's Day
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Organic & Natural Expo 2016
AFMA was invited to disseminate Agro-ecology and sustainable value chain within one of the largest organic exhibition in Asia.
Regional Training Programme on Agribusiness Public-Private Partnerships and Territorially-Bound Investment Instrumentals for Agro-Industrial Development
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Agricultural and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific (AFMA) co-organized the “Regional Training Programme on Agribusiness Public-Private Partnerships and Territorially-Bound Investment Instrumentals for Agro-Industrial Development” at Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Thailand during 20-22 July 2016.
Through FAO's facilitation, honorable delegates from 10 countries had contributed the Agribusiness-PPP successful model in their respective countries.
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Rapid Test of Pesticide Residues in Vegetables and Fruits Training in Thailand
AFMA Secretariat, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Royal Project Foundation congratulate Government representatives from the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on the completion of Rapid Test of Pesticide Residues in Vegetables and Fruits training in Thailand.
AFMA Internship Programme
Journey of coffee by AFMA's interns from ISB.
Edited and filmed by : Genie Pakvisal
Narrated by : Plearn Aroonchote
Music : Petal hugs ft. blankts
A Cup of Coffee for One More Tree
AFMA and CLUMP Foundation ( www.clump-life.org ) strengthen up orgainc value chain and agroforestry through "A Cup of Coffee for One More Tree" coffee workshop. Participants learn about shade-grown coffee process and latte art. The training fees will be used for reforestration and shade-grown organic coffee programme.
Biochar and Activated Charcoal
AFMA catalyzed and mobilized BioChar and Activated Charcoal programme by replacing pollution from buring farm leaves and wooden branches to lowcost-high temperature heating system. The pollution control process will create Biochar and Pure Activated Charcoal for multi-purpose usage including soil improvement and water filtering system. Continue Reading
AFMA mobilized AgroForestry and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
AFMA mobilized AgroForestry and Sustainable Development Goal 2 at Thailand Coffee Festival, Queen Sirikit National Conference Centre (QSNCC).
AFMA mobilized Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)
AFMA mobilized Sustainable Development Goal 2 and 15 at Thailand Food Expo 2016 and Hilton International Hotel.