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Wednesday, 03 September 2008 10:31

OBJECTIVE

  1. The Southeast Asia Council for Food Security and Fair Trade (here on referred as SEACON) is envisioned as a mechanism to ensure that the Balay Declaration (the embodiment of the Southeast Asian NGOs' collective aspirations and visions for food security in the region) and the establishment of national based food security councils (where appropriate and possible) would be promoted and undertaken. The need for national based councils is to ensure that whatever analysis/positions taken on issues on or related to food security would have secure baking from the respective NGO/PO community in particular, the whole country in general. In order to be vibrant and responsive, active participation of the grassroots must be enhanced.
  2. SEACON is a region-wide civil society network that offers a co-ordinated program that will study and evaluate the activities of multilateral institutions in the areas of agriculture, trade and food security. And based on this study and evaluation, we counter and lobby against measures detrimental to food security.

OUR ACTIVITIES

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The growing concerns over the impact of climate change on food security have captured interests of all stakeholders.  Climate change has also posed an unwelcome threat to the capacity of small scale farmers'  rights to livelihoods.  Developed countries have begun to utilize "climate change" as  non-tariff barriers that limit the capacity of small scale producers to export their products.  Carbon taxes and carbon footprint could be used to discriminate products produced by developing and least developed countries.  Even the sustainability of "Fair Trade" labeled products could also potentially be affected by climate change-conscious policy.  This could further make "fair trade" become impossible to exist in the current climate of trade liberalization.

SEACON's involvement in food security and agricultural trade has further been expanded to include Food Safety and Nutrition to address the need for increased monitoring and advocacy in the food security and nutrition area in the emerging and aggressive engagement of food commercialization as well as food science, nutrition and biotechnology. In its effort to be true the Food Security 4-As principles, SEACON has become a member of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) which was established by FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division in 2007.

 

SEACON has great concerns over the current critical and aggressive pursuits of harmonization and standardization related to trade certification in food and agriculture, which translate in food labeling and safety standards as it transverses in monopolies of multinational corporations across the whole “farm to fork” value chain. SEACON has hence expanded its activities in issues that relate to safety and health risks in food production including the genetic modification of food crops in the hype of increasing its nutritional, commercial values and increased trade competitiveness; and, the use of agrochemicals, including growth enhancers or hormones to enhance yields and control diseases to increase production. The use of additives and stabilizers in food processing has also been the central interest in ensuring food security for all. As food safety and nutrition revolve around the “Acceptability and Affordability” principles of food security, SEACON believes that quality of food should not be compromised by profits and unethical practices.

 

SEACON has undertaken various research and community-based projects related to the issues of food security and fair trade. These include water security, food aid in Indonesia, the impact of ASEAN Free Trade Agreement on small scale farmers in Southeast Asia, farmers' rights and intellectual property rights (seeds), the role of corporate agribusinesses in food and agriculture value chain, sustainability of food and agriculture production methods, impact of consumers behavior on food and agriculture trade and production, as well as direct consumer-farmer market development.

 

Research

  • Investigate AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Agreement) and explore the social and economic impact of accelerated market intergration of local communities on food security in agriculture in this region.
  • Conduct a three country research on food security in armed conflict situations, with special attention to the position of women.
  • Survey and document sustainable agriclutural practices in Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Thailand.
  • Monitor the World Bank's activities in East Timor in relation to agriculture.
  • Monitor the pactices of agro food corporations and its impact on small scale farmers in the region.
  • Monitor the development of biotechnology and its impact on food security in region.
  • Monitor the World Food Summit Plans of Action by developing household, national and regional indicators and identifying vulnerable groups in order to lobby for appropriate policies to enhance their livelihood in the region.
  • Examine how the WTO Agreement on Agriculture affects small-scale farmers in ASEAN.

Advocacy

  • Lobby governments in South East Asia to include food security in their development policies and in particular, countries that are in/and or emerging out of armed conflict situations.
  • Promote alternative sustainable practices such as urban community farming in cities of developing countries such as Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok.
  • Continue the WTO Agreement in Agriculture Campaign, in particular, extend the capacity building and education programme to countries in Indo-China.
  • Organise regional conferences on topical issues such as Sustainable Agriculture, Fair Trade Policies, Impacts of Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights and Genetically Modified Organisms on foof security.
  • Produce a regional policy paper on water and food security to advocate the impacts of commodification of water on the lives of rural communities in Southeast Asia

Networking

  • Provide assistance to on-going national processes.
  • Support the initiatives of local groups in ASEAN countries, particularly in the Indochina region.
  • Coordinating our efforts and campaigns with other networks, regionally and internationally.
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