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Website of the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development

August 14th, 2014

FNN visit to Taiwan

1939799_10204346715367297_7234177059689054886_nFarmer and Nature Net Executive Director Pan Sopheap from Cambodia visits Taiwanese farmer Mr. Chen to learn about the burdock industry. Mr. Chen is one of the Top 10 Farmers of 2013. (Photo courtesy of George Lin)

August 13th, 2014

IYFF 2014: Choose the best photos of family farming! (One month to go!)

The international photo competition Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth visualizes how family farmers around the world produce healthy and nutritious food while they respect the environment and biodiversity.

In the first months of 2014, over 1300 photos were received from all continents. They are a great sample of the strength, potential and challenges of multifunctional family farmers. Many thanks to all participants. An international jury consisting of farmer leaders and renowned artists has made a pre-selection of these photos. Now it is time for you to choose!

Until 15 September you can select two favourites for each continent. The winners will be announced at a major international event at the end of October. Winners will receive a cash prize and a place in a 2015 photo calendar.

The photo competition is organised on the occasion of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming by the Agricultures Network and the World Rural Forum, in close collaboration with the Asian Farmers Association, CLOC- La Via Campesina and the More and Better Network.

- Click here to vote:
http://extra.agriculturesnetwork.org/photocompetition/#main

August 12th, 2014

FAO assures FO participation in GAFSP project in Bangladesh

Farmer organizations in Bangladesh are participating in the capacity building activities of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) under the Technical Assistance (TA) component of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) project of Bangladesh.

Md. Mahmud Hossain, National Team Leader of IAPP-TA in Bangladesh said that the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) already has two farmer representative members in the Project Steering Committee from two regions of the project area and they attend the meetings regularly.

“We included them in our capacity building initiative so they can participate more efficiently in the PSC meeting,” Hossain emphasized.

According to Hossain, the farmer representatives who sit in the steering committee of IAPP are: (1) Md. Wahedul Islam, President, Ghonirampur Livelihood Field School in Manirampur, Taraganj, Rangpur; and, (2) Md. Fazlul Haq, President, Munda Pasha Livelihood Field School in Munda Pasha, Uzirpur, Barisal

Click here for more information about the GAFSP Asian CSO representative

August 6th, 2014

AFA discusses cooperation projects with CSA

AFA meeting with CSAMarek Poznanski of Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA), a Brussels-based development NGO specialized in agricultural and food policy issues, as well as an agri-agency member of Agricord, is meeting with the Asian Farmers’ Association this week in order to discuss some cooperation projects for farmers and farmer organizations in the region. One is on institutional buying, also known as public procurement, while another is on knowledge sharing and innovation on sustainable agro-enterprises.

August 2nd, 2014

AFA to attend consultation on family farming in India

AFA will join the upcoming Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on The Role of Family Farming in the 21st Century: Achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025,” to be held Aug 7-10, 2014 at Chennai, India. The consultation is also a follow-up meeting of the November 2013 meeting on IYFF held in Bangkok after the FAO CSO partnership strategy meeting, which AFA also attended.

August 1st, 2014

Phil FOs to organize organic rice enterprise summit

AFA member PAKISAMA will organize the “Organic Rice Enterprise Summit” on August 14-16, 2014 at the Boso Boso Highlands Resort and Convention Center in Antipolo City.  The goal of the summit is to strengthen the network of the nine (9) FO-members of PAKISAMA engaged in organic rice enterprise particularly determining the possibility of consolidated marketing. Jane U. Zamar, PAKISAMA Business DevelopmentServices (BDS) Manager is overall coordinator of the summit.

July 31st, 2014

FOs call for more open dialogue, representation and participation with government on GAFSP at country level

UWUA presentation on GAFSPAs support organization for the GAFSP CSO Asia representative, the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) held a regional consultation about GAFSP and other agriculture -related programs among its members and partners last May 8, 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. The consultation was held during the 6th AFA General Assembly with the theme “Seizing the Momentum to Get Concrete Gains for Small Scale Farmers this IYFF,” which was attended by 30 men and 10 women from 17 national farmer organizations in 13 countries, as well as partners and supporters from Agriterra, Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA), AsiaDHRRA, World Rural Forum (WRF), Food and Agriculture Organization Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP), Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI), Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), International Land Coalition (ILC) Asia and Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA). Read the rest of this entry »

July 29th, 2014

In the News: Farms work when run like family

In the Philippines, PAKISAMA and AFA have partner with the government, especially the DA and the DAR in drumbeating the issues concerning farming families and small-scale food producer.

The theme of the IYFF is “Ang Family Farming ay Buhay (Family Farming is Life),” seeking to highlight the importance of farming families in food security and the protection of natural resources.

The celebration is also aimed at stimulating active policies for the development of farming families, indigenous farming families, cooperatives and fishing families. Read the rest of this entry »

July 9th, 2014

AFA raises concerns about proposed Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture

DSCF1014 bTogether with other civil society and farmers’ groups, AFA has raised concerns about the proposed Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.

CSOs maintain that without environmental criteria, social safeguards, accountability to democratic processes, or clarity about governance, the Alliance risks undermining the very aims it says it hopes to achieve.

An Open Letter signed by over 60 organisations, has been sent to the interim secretariat of the Alliance in advance of the meeting at The Hague this week, in the hope of contributing to constructive discussions and efforts to address these concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

June 23rd, 2014

6th AFA GA: “Seizing the Momentum to Get Concrete Gains for Small Scale Farmers this IYFF”

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The Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) held its 6th General Assembly (GA) last May 6-9, 2014 at Hotel Santika, Bali, Indonesia with the theme “Seizing the Momentum to Get Concrete Gains for Small Scale Farmers this IYFF.”

The GA was hosted by Aliansi Petani Indonesia (API), with support from Agriterra, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and the International Land Coalition (ILC). It was attended by 30 men and 10 women, from 17 national farmer organizations in 13 countries, as well as partners and supporters from Agriterra, Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA), AsiaDHRRA, World Rural Forum (WRF), Food and Agriculture Organization Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP), Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI), Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), International Land Coalition (ILC) Asia and Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA). Read the rest of this entry »

June 4th, 2014

Asian Farmers and IYFF – What is it for us during the International Year of Family Farming?

Majority of the world’s family farmers are in Asia, and they are also the majority of the world’s poorest. Asia is also home to many successful farmer-led agriculture innovations. The IYFF is an opportunity to highlight the situation and initiatives of small scale farmers in Asia as well as to strengthen engagement with policy makers in enacting favorable policies for family farmers.

Click here to download the issue paper

March 28th, 2014

Philippine CSOs gear up for IYFF 2014 events

IYFF 2014 LOGOCIVIL society organizations (CSOs) will meet at the Partnership Center in Quezon City on Monday (April 1, 2014) to highlight the calendar of activities and set a jubilant mood leading to the global closing event of International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in the Philippines.

In his opening statement at the 32nd Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 10 to 14 March 2014, FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva announced that the global closing event of the IYFF 2014 will be held in the Philippines.

“This is in recognition of the lead role of Philippine government and CSOs in the IYFF campaign. We are happy with this confirmation,” said Marlene Destreza Ramirez, secretary general of AsiaDHRRA. “We urge our Philippine and regional partners to make full use of the year and the closing event to drumbeat the issues of smallholders and smallscale food producers.” Read the rest of this entry »

March 11th, 2014

Praying for the passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Our thoughts and prayers are with the 239 passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which lost contact last March 8 two hours after departing from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.

Among its passengers is a colleague in the social movement, Chandrika Sharma, executive secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fish Workers, based in Chennai, India.

An expert in fisheries sector and issues related to fishers, Ms. Sharma, a resident of Velachery, was heading to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to attend a regional conference for Asia and the Pacific hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

February 22nd, 2014

AFA joins other FOs at the 5th global Farmers’ Forum in calling for greater support to smallholder family farmers

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[AFA Chairperson Uon Sophal intervenes from the floor during the 5th session of the Farmers’ Forum]

More than 90 leaders of national and regional organizations representing hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers, fishers, pastoralists and rural producers globally, gathered at the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the Fifth Global Meeting of the Farmers’ Forum on February 17-20, in conjunction with the 37th session of IFAD’s Governing Council held on February 19-20. Read the rest of this entry »

February 6th, 2014

MTCP2 SEA+China sub-regional steering committee to meet in Manila

The first Southeast Asia plus China Sub-regional Steering Committee (SRSC) will be held on February 11-12, 2014 at the 6th Floor Opal Conference Room, Millenia Suites, 8001 Saint Jose Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines.  Read the rest of this entry »

February 6th, 2014

Lao farmers to lead capacity building program

210120141329In a meeting held on January 22 at Laos Women’s Training Center, Vientianne, farmer organizations in Laos selected from among them the National Implementing Agency (NIA) and identified the composition of the National Steering committee (NSC) for the implementation of the Medium Term Cooperation Project  Phase 2 (MTCP2) in the country. The NIA, guided by the NSC, will anchor the implementation of MTCP2. Read the rest of this entry »

February 5th, 2014

FOs launch MTCP2 in Myanmar during village consultation

SAM_2828In behalf of the consortium of the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC), which has been chosen as Sub-Regional Implementing Agency (SRIA) for the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase 2 (MTCP2) in Southeast Asia and China, Esther Penunia and Lany Rebagay anchored a three-day start-up mission in Myanmar in order to raise awareness of key stakeholders regarding MTCP2 and firm up the project implementation mechanism in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

February 3rd, 2014

MTPCP2 national program oversight board meets in India

photos1 (36)Farmer organizations participating in MTCP2 in India met last January 29, 2014 in Guwahati, Assam (with some joining via Skype) in order to reconstitute the national programme oversight board and to include more farmer organizations and new farming sectors.

Sharda Kant from Rajasthan, Anita Parmar from Gujarat, Sevika Basumatry from Assam, Pity from Meghalaya, Maheshwari Devi and Bhaktidevi from Uttarakhand, continue to be part of the board.  Each state would like to add new member to the board,e specially from the sector of animal husbandry.  These names would be submitted to SEWA by January 15, 2014.

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January 30th, 2014

Bangladesh FOs hold orientation on MTCP2

Farmer organizations in Bangladesh gathered last January 17, 2014 at the Coast Trust in Dhaka for an orientation on the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase 2 that will be implemented in the country as well as other countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific.

Twenty participants, four of which were females, representing nine national farmer organizations in Bangladesh, attended the orientation.

The participating organizations were Bangladesh Adibasi Somity (BAS), Bangladesh Krishak Federation (BKF), Bangladesh Krishak Federation (BKF-JI), Biplobi Jubo Sobha (BJS), Bangladesh kishani Sobha (BKS), Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity (BBS), Bangladesh agricultural Farm Labour Federation, Labor Resource Centrer (LRC), and COAST Trust.

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January 28th, 2014

AFA asserts role of smallholder farmers in vision for regional rice sector 2030

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Pattaya, Thailand — In a meeting convened by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Thailand today, the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), through its representative Policy Advocacy Officer Ma. Elena Rebagay, emphasized the role of small holder farmers in the vision for the regional rice sector 2030.

The vision is contained in the draft regional rice strategy document, entitled “Rice Strategy for Sustainable Food Security in Asia and the Pacific Region,” which was discussed during the “Consultative Meeting on Rice Strategy for Asia and the Pacific” held in Pattaya, Thailand.

The meeting, which was joined by senior agriculture officers from around 12 countries in Southeast, East Asia and South Asia, hoped to gather comments/inputs to the second draft of the rice strategy paper that will be presented to the 32nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Mongolia. Read the rest of this entry »