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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Enhancing Cooperation among Agricultural Cooperatives in ASEAN

Bangkok, 26 February 2019

ASEAN Foundation through its ASEAN Farmers’ Organisation Support Programme (AFOSP) participated in the 8th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum (ACBF) organised by Cooperation Promotion Department of Thailand in Bangkok from 26 – 27 February 2019.

The 8th ACBF 2019 aims to exchange and share experiences among participants in cooperative promotion and the success of cooperative products marketing, to visit and learn the successful agricultural cooperatives in Thailand, also to establish concrete cooperation among cooperatives in ASEAN leading to sustainable development for the benefit of cooperative members.

In addition to the forum, a cooperative products exhibition showcasing the best agricultural commodities from ASEAN member states was hosted by CPD Thailand. This was a valuable opportunity for delegates to gain insight into the best practices for successful cooperative products marketing

“The ASEAN Foundation is honoured to be invited in the 8th ACBF,” said Yacinta Esti, the Project Manager of AFOSP. “It was a great opportunity to network with government, farmers organisations and to learn valuable knowledge on best practices that have been implemented by Thailand’s agriculture cooperatives. We believe this forum could encourage more collaboration to support agricultural cooperatives.”

Following the success of the 7th ACBF event last year in the Philippines, delegates from development agencies across ASEAN have come to discuss the importance to enhance the competitiveness of agricultural cooperatives’ products in the market and cooperation among agricultural cooperatives in ASEAN countries.

About Cooperative Promotion Development of Thailand

The cooperative promotion department (CPD) is attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand. CPD responsible for promoting and disseminating the cooperative ideology, principles and method to cooperative personnel, farmer groups and the public, promoting and supporting and strengthening the cooperative system improving cooperative learning process to increase the capacity of business management. As well as the business linkages to international level for better living quality of cooperatives members both socio-economic aspects.

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About ASEAN Farmers’ Organisation Support Programme (AFOSP)
Implemented since 2015, the ASEAN Farmers’ Organisation Support Programme has worked to improve livelihoods and food security for smallholder farmers across the ASEAN region. Funded through the European Union (EU) and the AFOSP has been implemented across the ASEAN region. The aim is to support ASEAN Framers’ Organisations to become: stable, performing, accountable organisations, capable of providing effective and sustainable services to their members, with the ability to influence policy and corporate processes on agriculture and food security issues at local, national, ASEAN regional and global levels.

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About ASEAN Foundation

Three decades after ASEAN was established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among people of ASEAN. It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 15 December 1997. ASEAN Foundation is an organisation from and for the people of ASEAN. The Foundation exists because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous ASEAN Community. As an ASEAN’s body, the Foundation is tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN. For more information, please visit:

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