The NAF Council is composed of 15 government agencies whose mandates relate closely to agriculture and fisheries development, chairpersons of the NSCs, representatives of AFC clusters representing the country’s island groups and city clusters, heads of the leagues of provincial, city and municipal local government units, representative of the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, and representatives of five national organizations of farmers and fisherfolk appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.
It is chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture.
The NAF Council is the apex mechanism for consultation and dialogue between and among government agencies, local government units, private entities, including NGOs, and peoples organizations. It decides on the goals and defines the scope of the country’s agriculture and fisheries policies, plans and programs.
The National Agriculture and Fisheries Council is an inter-sectoral, inter-agency body that provides advisory services to the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. It is also the apex structure of the NAFC’s nationwide consultative and feedback structure. It is headed by the Secretary of Agriculture as the Chairperson-Coordinator and the DA Undersecretary for Operations as the Vice Chairperson-Coordinator.
According to Rule 113.1 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (A.O. No. 6, series of 1998) of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997 (R.A. 8435), the NAF Council shall assist the Department of Agriculture in the broad-based monitoring and coordination of the agricultural and fisheries modernization process. It shall serve as the integrative and consultative structure for inter-agency and inter-sectoral collaboration in the activities arising from RA 8435.
The NAF Council shall meet at least once each semester, or more often at the behest of the Secretary or Chairperson-Coordinator.
Rule 113.4.1 Monitor and promote transparency for coordination, the programs of the various government agencies toward agricultural and fisheries modernization in research, technology extension, production, stabilization, distribution, marketing and processing of food, feed and other crops, fisheries, aquaculture and animal products and the conservation and proper utilization of natural resources,
Rule 113.4.2 Serve as consultative/feedback mechanism between and among the Department, other government agencies, private entities, farmers' and fisherfolk's groups, POs and NGOs, for the collaborative establishment of the goals and scope of the country's food, agriculture and fisheries policies, plans and programs,
Rule 113.4.3 Assist the Department obtain inputs and commitments of Secretaries and Heads of National Agencies in unifying the delivery of servies in agriculture and fisheries,
Rule 113.4.4 Assist the Department in mobilizing, monitoring and evaluation of the contribution of the different agencies toward the policies, plans and programs for agriculture and fisheries modernization,
Rule 113.4.5 Promote consensus on and support for national agency and LGU budgets to finance programs and projects for agricultural and fisheries modernization,
Rule 113.4.6 Assist the Department in the oversight and assessment of the impact of the local and national integrated SAFDZ development plans and AFMPs, in consultation with other agencies, concerned farmers, fisherfolk and agri-business organizations through conferences, workshops, exchange of documents and open, regular meetings,
Rule 113.4.7 Appoint a Steering Committee from among its members and create subcommittees at the national and local levels and for sectoral concerns as necessary, and
Rule 113.4.8 Review and recommend for the approval of the Secretary reports for submission to the COCAFM.