Taxonomic capacity building to support market access for agricultural trade in the ASEAN region
This project will develop and strengthen capacities in taxonomic knowledge to identify and manage quarantine risks associated with agriculture commodities and
to accurately diagnose pests and diseases among the ASEAN Member States (AMS).
The project is funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) through the ASEAN Secretariat for 2 years from 1st May 2015 to 30th April 2017.
Key activities of the project would be a small part of the major activities of the ASEAN Regional Diagnostic
Strategic Plan, an output of the 2009 Workshop on the Planning Meeting of ARDN held in Vientiane, Lao PDR, organized by ASEANET
in collaboration of and supported by NZAid-Plant Health and AusAID SPS Capacity Building programs.
Three (3) major activities will be undertaken in this project in line with the ARDN Strategic Plan:
ARDN (ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network)
The ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network is envisaged as a system that would provide identifications of organisms of agricultural importance (especially
plant pests, diseases and weeds) detected in the South-East Asian region.
Activity 1: Training and Capacity Building
Activity 2: Networking and Institutionalization
- An expertise register of individual taxonomic experts and diagnostic laboratories available to the ARDN Network (e.g. name, contact details and
specic expertise, laboratories that provides diagnostic work and assistance)
A website hosting an expert register (from ASEAN + 3 nations and from elsewhere in the world), information on major pests & diseases of potential
crops in the ASEAN + 3 nations, diagnostic resources and tools and e-applications for diagnostic services
Promotional materials, e.g. flyers, posters, data-sheets, stickers, and other marketing and promotional assets
Activity 3: Management and Coordination
- Implement program activities and endeavour to extend the reach and cover of taxonomic capacity building in support of ARDN as dened by success
measures and indicators