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Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

- 1996 World Food Summit

 

SEACON strives towards achieving 4As of food security through food sovereignty principles and fair trade practices .

 

 

FOOD SECURITY 4As: Availability, Affordability, Accessibility, Acceptability.

FAIR TRADE: Fair terms of trade for small scale farmers based on progressive development of social and economic safety-nets and equitable benefit sharing through better economic access and equity to provide the means to sustain dignified livelihoods, wages and decent working conditions; mindful of self-determination, culture, heritage, knowledge, customary and ancestral rights of small-scale farming communities.

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Members PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 September 2008 10:38

Although the relationship is informal due to its loose network, there are opportunities for new organizations who are active on issues relating to food security and fair trade to be part of the network through Alliance building and networking. The aim of SEACON is to be as inclusive as possible and not be tied down to fixed membership, wherein SEACON maybe forced to utilize resources to push members to be active and this will eventually drains its resources of carrying "dead/inactive members". Today this is very rampant and has effected many of the membership driven organizations.

  1. Membership of the SEACON is open to all Southeast Asian countries.
  2. Members must be senior office bearers representing organizations or network of organizations which are already involved or working along the nexus of food security, trade and agriculture (e.g research and advocacy/lobbying on food security, promoting sustainable agriculture, organizing, conducting training/capacity building among the basic sectors, etc) and can devote ample time and participate actively in the Council's and activities or programs through a work plan on food security at the national level.
  3. Members are encouraged to have an achievable work plan based in their own country's context in food security. As the members of SEACON are the national food councils, they comprise of different sectors of society to collectively negotiate and bargain better terms of the social contract with government and business. As a national network of people-centered organizations, the national food council are able to present a united and collective front in influencing policies and engaging the government at the village, provincial, national level, regional groups such as FAO, ASEAN, ASEM, APEC, ADB and international bodies such as WTO, IMF, World Bank etc.
  4. Each country will be allocated two(2) seats in the regional council where the representation shall be from the national council and as far as possible be equal in gender. Countries where national processes have yet to begin or are in infancy will have one(1) seat allocated to facilitate or initiate the national council and the Secretariat will assist in starting the national process.
  5. Regional groups representation in the Council will be:
    i. Only by invitation - providing expert and technical advice on research, advocacy and networking
    ii. Limited to five (5) seats only
    iii. Gender balanced
  6. The Council will meet at least minimal, twice a year at a designated location.
  7. Members shall ensure that representation in the SEACON be continuous through the establishment of their respective national councils.

 

Organisational Structure

There is an active dialogue and communication between the national food council members and SEACON. The thrust of the network was built upon the strong commitment and understanding of the members. This is evident through the decentralized decision making process of SEACON where the members of each national food council (2 representative from each country) participate in the Council meetings of SEACON held twice in a year to decide on programs, finance, activities and policies.

Powers and Role of the SEACON

The SEACON's highest decision making body is its Executive Committee  (EXCOM)which defines the overall policies, its mission and decides the direction and parameters of the organization. The network partners provide significant collective leadership at the level of the EXCOM.

The SEACON shall also:

  1. Approve the reports minutes and financial reports before submission to the funders
  2. Form task forces or sub committees and also identify people who can undertake research, networking and fund raising to ensure the continuity of the organizations work. Each SEACON member will be involved in fundraising, networking, and lobbying. The Executive Director shall head and lead any Project Management Committee in consultation with the Executive Committee and be responsible in submitting narrative reports, financial reports, progress reports etc.
  3. To draw up appropriate policies and procedures for the Secretariat which is an important component of the Council.
  4. To provide leadership for the Secretariat in carrying out the policies and campaigns.
  5. To plan annually for research areas and advocacy projects of the SEACON.
  6. To decide on how the funds are to be disbursed.

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (ExeComm) shall be composed of partner organizations from 8 ASEAN member countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).

Each country is represented by one (1) national organization or network; and one (1) local organization, which is member of the national network. These representatives shall be elected among the members of the SEACON on a rotation basis.

  1. These ExeComm members shall serve for a two(2) year period, after which the services shall be reviewed.
  2. The ExeComm shall meet either face-to-face or virtually at least once a year.
  3. If no funds are available from the Council, the ExeComm shall use their own organization's funds to meet at a designated place.
  4. The ExeComm has the power to make urgent decisions in the absence of the SEACON meeting but these decisions must be presented at the very next SEACON meeting and is subject to evaluation.
Funds
  1. Funds for the council shall be derived from contributions, donations and sale of publications.
  2. Contributions and donations to the council shall be accepted from any person/organization upon the approval of the SEA Council after determining that the acceptance therefor shall in no way impair the independence of the council, injure the standing or influence its policies, programs or activities.
  3. The funds shall be kept by the Secretariat who shall be responsible therefor under the rules of the Executive Committee may take. Funds maybe disbursed only in accordance with the budget approved by the SEA Council. However in case if an unforeseen emergency, the Chair may approve disbursement not provided for in the budget, provided such expenditure is reported at the subsequent meeting of the SEA Council.
  4. The Executive Committee recommends to the SEA Council such rules and regulations concerning the administration of funds and accounting procedures as they see fit.

Financial Provisions

  1. Subject to the following provisions in these rules, the funds of the council may be extended for any purpose necessary for the carrying out of its objectives, including the expenses of its administration, the payment of salaries, allowances and expenses of its office bearers and staff.
  2. The Secretariat may hold petty cash advance not exceeding USD200 at any one time. All money in excess of this shall be within seven(7) days if receipt be deposited in a bank approves by the Executive Committee.
  3. If it is a non budgeted expenditures, no expenditure exceeding USD1,000 at any one time shall be incurred without prior sanction of the Executive Committee. Expenditure exceeding USD3,000 at any one time cannot be incurred without the prior sanction of a Council meeting.
  4. At the end of each financial year of the council, which is 31st December, a statement of receipts and payments and a balance sheet for the year shall be prepared by the Secretariat for approval by the members at the Council meeting.
  5. In the event that the Secretariat is moved to another country, the immovable assets acquired in the host member's country of origin will be transferred to the host member's country of origin and documents acquired while in the country of origin will be transferred to the new host country member.
The national networks in Southest Asia are:

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Objective PDF Print E-mail
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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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About Us PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 September 2008 10:17

Food Security & Fair Trade

Every person has a right to food. Food that is safe and nutritious. Food that is adequate, accessible and affordable. Food that is culturally acceptable and produced in sustainable manner.

Food security at the household and national level refers to self reliance and self sufficiency in food production using sustainable food production systems and approaches.

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