Asean Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve 

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Dr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn, General Manager of the APTERR Secretariat, was invited to be an honourable keynote speaker in the virtual seminar of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) on Sharing Good Practices on Sustainable Agricultural Development through Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) hosted by the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Thailand during 23-24 May 2022. Mr. Toshiki Tojo, Japanese Expert, along with two APTERR Staff also attended the seminar as the representatives of the APTERR Secretariat.

The objective of the webinar is to build capacity of APEC members and develop policy recommendation to promote sustainable agricultural development with the consideration of SEP principle for enhancing food security to achieve sustainability by 2030. In this regard, Dr. Karnjanakesorn shared the experience of APTERR mechanism in upholding food security in the ASEAN Plus Three region amid the growing frequency and severity of climate change’s impact on rice agriculture. The APTERR’s achievement to increase food availability and accessibility during emergency, especially the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 pandemic, was highlighted and appreciated during the meeting.


At the same time, a great deal of technical and insightful knowledge on sustainable agricultural development with the orientation on SEP principal and digital innovation was productively exchanged throughout the two-day sessions among several experts in the field of sustainable development from governmental and private sectors, and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), for instance, the MOAC, Chaipattana Foundation, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Korea Rural Economic Institute. 

Photo credit: APTERR Secretariat, 

Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE)