Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices

As ASEAN member states (AMS) move toward full realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), there is a need to promote intra-regional trade of agri-food products by improving food safety and sector competitiveness. One barrier to achieving this objective is the existence of at least 10 different national standards and conformity assessment systems for agri-food products across the 10 AMS. These quality assurance inconsistencies across borders create a great deal of uncertainty for buyers, effectively limiting their demand for agri-food products from within the region. To address these differences the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) have endorsed the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices, including good agricultural practices (GAP) for fruits/vegetables, good aquaculture practices (GAqP) for food fish, and good animal husbandry practices (GAHP) for poultry products including broilers and layers. These ASEAN Standards are designed to serve as a basis for determining equivalence of different existing national standards, or as a blueprint to be adopted for those AMS currently without national standards systems in place. While the ASEAN Standards have been written and endorsed, there remains a need to practically implement them at the regional and national levels in a way that will increase confidence and demand from buyers, promote uptake at the farm level, and foster appropriate levels of protection between trade partners. To address this issue, this study recommends the establishment of a Multilateral Arrangement for the Mutual Recognition of Agri-food Standards and Conformity Assessment (MAMRASCA) that covers all three existing ASEAN agri-food standards, with flexibility for adoption of further agri-food standards. Download: Study on Mutual Recognition Models for the ASEAN Agricultural Best Practices...

ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) – Animal Welfare and Environmental Sustainability Module for Layers, Broilers and Ducks

Global trade of chicken and chicken products is increasing as trade becomes freer. Changes in consumer lifestyles in the ASEAN region and throughout the world are driving the demand for assurance that chicken products are safe to eat and are produced and handled in a manner that, does not compromise the and does not cause harm to the environment. The impact of these trends has resulted in retailers wanting industry compliance with Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) programmes, and governments introducing legal requirements for food safety, worker health and safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. This document covers the animal welfare and environmental protection of the ASEAN GAHP standard for layer, broilers and ducks. ASEAN GAHP Animal Welfare and Environmental Protection Module for Layers, Broilers and Ducks can be downloaded here...

Aligning GAPs in the Philippines and Vietnam

The ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) is providing on-going support for the development and implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the ASEAN region. This report will capture some of the achievements and lessons learned from the experience of aligning ASEAN Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) with national GAP in the Philippines and Vietnam. Research for this report was undertaken during visits to the Philippines (February 16-17, 2015) and Vietnam (March 5-7, 2015)   Download Report (Full Version) Download Report (Short...

Policy Brief: Establishment of ASEAN Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP)

As economic integration approached the ASEAN Secretariat is developing a number of ASEAN specific standards to facilitate intra ASEAN and extra ASEAN trade including a Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) standard. In order to satisfy export markets some ASEAN Member States have developed country specific GAqP standards, however these differ from each other and focus on different areas of aquaculture. Some AMS have not developed meaningful GAqP standards or have not implemented them successfully. What is needed for a successful ASEAN economic integration is for all AMS to be actively involved in harmonizing standards including GAqP standards. This policy brief recommends action points for AMS to implement ASEAN GAqP as a means to support trade facilitation intra and extra ASEAN. Gaqp Policy...

Guidelines on ASEAN Good Aquaculture Practices (ASEAN GAqP) for Food Fish (2014)

The ASEAN Member States (AMS) share the similar farming system and facilities, climate pattern and common commodities. National Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) programme implemented in the AMS varies with some countries having government certified systems and others beginning the journey with awareness programs for farmers. The of ASEAN GAqP (Food fish) is to enhance the harmonisation of GAqP programs within the ASEAN region will fulfil one of the major requirements set down by the AEC blueprint for integration by 2015. The AEC Blueprint will transform ASEAN into a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy. The scope of the ASEAN GAqP (Food fish) covers practices that are mainly aimed at preventing or minimising the risks in four areas of production. Namely food safety, animal health and welfare, environmental integrity and socio-economic aspects associated with aquaculture of food fish. The coverage of GAqP (Food fish) will include mariculture, coastal aquaculture/ brackish water culture, and freshwater culture excluding shrimp. The agreed GAqP will cover all phases of farm operation, including pre production, production, harvesting and post-harvest handling prior to transportation. Guidelines on ASEAN Good Aquaculture Practices (ASEAN GAqP) for Food...

Policy Brief: Enhancing ASEAN Competitiveness in the livestock and livestock product industry through ASEAN Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP)

The formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 has emerged as an important new driver for the introduction of Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) in the region. The AEC blueprint for integration focuses strongly on the concept of a single market and production base, which cover amongst other things agricultural products and foods. In order to achieve this aim there is an urgent need to implement common standards. Harmonised standards will facilitate intra ASEAN trade and will go a long way to fulfil the requirements of international trade. The implementation of a common GAHP standard in ASEAN will strengthen ASEAN’s objective of food security and food safety in the region and increase the competitiveness of ASEAN livestock and livestock product industry. The primary reason for the implementation of GAHP is to reduce food safety risks as GAHP have practices designed to reduce these risks along the production chain. ASEAN, through a number of initiatives, has been working on the development of a common GAHP for its Member States to use as a template for developing country specific GAHP or to use to harmonise existing GAHP with the aim to have the essence of a single GAHP covering all ASEAN member States. The development of an ASEAN GAHP that focuses on food safety and an associated strategic plan for implementation of ASEAN GAHP are the key results from an AADCPII-supported project managed by the ASEAN Member States with the facilitation from ASEAN Secretariat and will support the competitiveness of ASEAN livestock and livestock products on a regional level and on an international level. This policy brief recommends action...