Having been aware of the threat of climate change to food security in Southeast Asia, and acknowledging its potential to strengthen the resilience of its people and ecosystems, and to mitigating climate change through a coordinated response, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has developed a Multi-sectoral Framework on Climate Change and Food Security (AFCC) that has been endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in November 2009 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
It was conceptualized that the AFCC be implemented in broader consultations with relevant bodies/stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels to obtain relevant inputs and ensure consistency of the Strategic Thrusts and Action Programmes/Activities, as well as promote greater sense of ownership of the AFCC. The nature of climate change impacts and respective responses requires, among others, leadership at the highest level as well as close collaboration and coordination across the key sectors such as agriculture and forestry, energy, environment and public health. Since climate change impacts and potential adaptation and mitigation responses can be very site specific, respective action has to be taken at subnational and local levels.
The framework is set to promote cross-sectoral and interministerial/interdepartmental coordination and cooperation mechanism. In this regard, the “ASEAN Ad-hoc Steering Committee on Climate Change and Food Security” proposed under the AFCC has been established to develop a comprehensive strategy and a roadmap for implementation through cross-sectoral coordination and mutual learning process on climate change and food security.
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