While Grow Asia is not a policy advocacy group, the Secretariat actively
engages government officials at all levels of seniority to ensure our Country
Partnerships are aligned with national and regional strategic agendas.

To enable our approach to become more effective, Grow Asia has commissioned a review of the agricultural policies of ASEAN countries. This work has created a database of contacts, agencies and their roles. This will become a core tool for Grow Asia partners to take a more strategic, informed, and focused approach to policy engagement.

Collaboration with ASEAN

As a result of Grow Asia’s expertise in convening multi-stakeholder partnerships, the ASEAN Secretariat requested Grow Asia’s support in developing ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in the Food, Agriculture and Forestry sector. 


The Guidelines aim to promote investment in food, agriculture and forestry in the ASEAN region that contribute to regional economic development, food and nutrition security, food safety and equitable benefits, as well as the sustainable use of natural resources. They cover 10 areas of best practice.


The Guidelines are primarily aimed at the public sector in ASEAN, including governments and subsidiary agencies and institutions, and regional bodies. They were developed by Grow Asia with support from the ASEAN Secretariat, The Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC), a World Bank Trust Fund and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), with input from Grow Asia partners and stakeholders through a consultative process.

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