The Asian Food Safety and Security Association (AFSA) is a voluntary, non-profit, charitable organization established in 2010. The 5th annual general meeting of Bangladesh-Japan Association for Science and Technology (BJAST) at Dhaka in 2010 decided to establish the Asian Food Safety and Security Association (AFSA). The first annual meeting of AFSA was held at Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, in September 15-17, 2012. The 2nd annual meeting of AFSA was held in Bien Hoa City (Near Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, in August 15-17, 2014. The meeting also decided to hold 3rd annual meeting of AFSA to be held in Bhubaneswar, India, in autumn 2016, the host country fixed the date of 3rd annual meeting of AFSA as 15-17 September, 2016
The main objective of AFSA is as follows:
- To forge effective cooperation among the member states in areas including climate change, food safety and food security.
- To disseminate research findings and future research in food safety and security.
- To help in building Asian Food Safety and Security Network.
- To help educational institutions by supplying equipment, books, materials, ideas, etc.
- To exchange views, ideas by organizing seminars, symposia, conferences and meetings.
- To help secure funds for students to attend seminar, conferences, training programs.
- To lunch a Journal on Food Safety and Food Security with a focus on current trends and needs in Asia.