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Learning Route on Agricultural Cooperatives: Strengthening the Role of Agricultural Cooperatives to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community for the Benefit of the Smallholders Farmers

This report is structured as an ex-post Learning Route Reader that reflects panelists contributions, presentations of government officials and private sector entities. It is a summary of good practices in Thailand and the Philippines and lessons learned. It includes an overview of the different innovation presented by country teams at the end of the Learning Route representing the ASEAN member states as Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.  Participants primarily came from Farmers’ organization supported by the MTCP2-AFOSP program and government representatives of the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Agricultural Cooperatives (ASWGAC).

The Objective of the ASEAN Learning Route was to strengthen the role of Agricultural Cooperatives in addressing the challenges as well as opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community to improve the livelihood and food security situation of smallholder farmers and rural producers in ASEAN countries.
The Learning Route offered the opportunity of learning directly in the field and from its protagonists some of the best practices on: 1.Agricultural cooperatives good management in the areas of internal organization, service provision to members, networking and market power. 2. Developments of cross country market strategies and agreements involving public and private sector. 3. Public policies, national legal frameworks/laws, programs and mechanisms for the support of Agricultural Cooperatives in the frame of the ASEAN Economic Community.

@ IFAD, PROCASUR, ASWGAC, MTCP2, AFOSP, ASEAN

# Learning Route, Report, agricultural cooperatives, ASEAN,  good management, market strategies, public policies, legal frameworks, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam,  Indonesia

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