Promoting sustainable agricultural value chains in ASEAN (ASEAN AgriTrade)

Project description

Programme title: Promotion of Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains in ASEAN (ASEAN AgriTrade)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Countries: ASEAN 10 countries, pilot activities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2018 to 2023


The free movement of goods and services is one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation’s (ASEAN) main goals. Agriculture is a major source of income for many of its Member States and is important for regional integration. ASEAN aims to improve the quality of agricultural production and cooperation in the region to boost its internal and external trade. It also strives to improve its production of “organic foods” in line with international standards on quality and sustainability.

These goals require the harmonisation of standards and the implementation of accreditation and certification schemes. Although many ASEAN Member States have improved their standards already, this does not ensure access to global markets. What is more, the private sector lag behind in the application of standards already in place.

The project aims to assist in overcoming barriers to cross-border agricultural trade. It also strives to better implement standards on quality, safety and sustainability to achieve improved integration into global value chains.


The framework conditions for the implementation of sustainability standards in agricultural value chains are improved in the ASEAN region – with a focus on climate-relevant aspects.


The project promotes sustainable agricultural value chains in ASEAN as follows:

  1. By enhancing cooperation between relevant ASEAN bodies and the private sector;
  2. Through gender mainstreaming in relevant ASEAN strategy documents;
  3. By improving the prerequisites for private sector engagement, including climate smart agriculture practices;
  4. With awareness campaigns on the health and ecological benefits, including climate benefits, of cultivating sustainable agricultural products; and
  5. By compiling lessons learned from implementing quality and sustainability standards for use by decision-makers in the CLMV countries.

Last update: May 2022

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