The objective of this study is to provide ASEAN with a framework and methodology to identify commodities integral to current and future food security. The study looks at vulnerabilities to assess which factors including climate change contribute to the vulnerability of the major food staples in the ASEAN member states. This complex issue should be well understood to ensure sound policies are developed and decisions taken at a regional aligned with policies and institutional frameworks in place to effectively address and adapt to the climate change impact on food security system within ASEAN. This study aims to support ASEAN decision makers in prioritizing food products integral to food security in the region and assessing their vulnerability to factors including climate change. Furthermore, it highlights what common problems are faced by the member states, the capacity needs in addressing climate change and food security problems and challenges.
The scoping study aims to serve the ASEAN working groups and sectoral bodies as a supporting document to make an informed choice prioritizing food products and countries which are integral to food security and particularly vulnerable to climate change. Furthermore, the study defines key recommendation for SOM-AMAF on possible areas of intervention that can be taken by ASEAN – both at regional and national level.