This is the main call from the declaration of participants of the workshop “Building Momentum for Action for Community Based Forestry, Forest and Farm Producer Organizations” held September 5-6 in Durban, South Africa, one of the pre-congress events of the World Forestry Congress. The pre-congress was organized by partners of the Forest and Farm Facility ( FAO, IUCN and IIED). The workshop’s steering committee comprised their international and regional partners, including AFA. In the workshop, Ms. Le Y Voan from Vietnam Farmers Union presented the highlights of their work on farmers in forested landscapes, while AFA Secretary General presented the main policy and program agenda that came out from AFA’s regional consultation last August in Myanmar, as well as the case of the Task Force Anti -APECO in the Philippines as a successful case of influencing national policy.
A revised proposal and a concept note for the 2nd physical Strategic Committee meeting of Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture
By Shimpei Murakami
Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable rural Development (AFA)
Cambodian farmers belonging to Farmer and Nature Net (FNN), an AFA member organization in Cambodia, and also one of FOs participating in the Asia Pacific Farmers’ Forum supported by MTCP2, participated in the Asia Pacific champions exhibition at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh on Auust 20-12. They joined other MTCP2 delegates from South Asia/ANPFa, Pacific/Tonga Growers Federation, Southeast Asia/LFN/CFAP/FNN. Continue reading FNN members featured in Asia Pacific local champions exhibition
AFA will take part in the Asia-Pacific Local Champions Exhibition to be held at the Royal Agriculture University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on August 10-12.
The exhibition is organized by The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of Cambodia, the International Fund for Agriculture Development and PROCASUR.
The First Asia-Pacific Local Champions Exhibition brings together local champions with the public sector, universities, NGOs and cooperation agencies. Continue reading AFA to participate in Local Champions Fair in Asia Pacific
Asian farmer leaders gather in Yangon, Myanmar for the “Regional Sharing Workshop on Popularizing the VGGT to Secure Rights to Family Farmers” on 5-7 August 2015 organized by the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and hosted by the Agriculture and Farmer Federation Myanmar (AFFM) with support from the International Land Coalition (ILC). Continue reading Asian farmers share experiences in VGGT popularization
The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development will hold the event “Regional Sharing Workshop Building our Agenda for Farmers in Forested Landscapes” on August 2-3, 2015 in Yangon, Myanmar. The event will be hosted by its member, the Agriculture and Farmer Federation Myanmar (AFFM) with support from the FAO-Forest and Farm Facility (FFF). Continue reading AFA holds regional conference on forest and farms
ATTRACTING YOUTH TO AGRICULTURE IN ASIA
A Scoping Paper Prepared by
Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
Youth is often the time when a person starts to dream of the future, think of the path to take and boldly and aggressively set his/her life in motion. In many rural villages, to be a farmer is not part of this dreamt future . Farming is a lowly job and does not earn, so better migrate to cities or abroad where there may be more opportunities and adventure. What will then be the future of agriculture and food without young farmers? No farmer, no food. No food, no life.
In this issue paper, we will discuss why young people are not attracted to agriculture, what are the initiatives being taken to encourage the youth to be in agriculture, and what are the recommendations for the youth to stay in it. The discussions here is a consolidation of (a) the results of the national consultations and participatory researches conducted by AFA members in 9 countries involving around 660 rural youth on the issue “attracting the youth to agriculture” using the Farmers Advocacy Consultation Tool (FACT) developed by Agriterra; (b) the results of the regional consultation involving 30 men and 10 women representatives, from 17 national farmer organizations in 13 countries held last May 2014 and (c) desk research and literature review. AFA conducted these consultations during the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), since youth in agriculture is one of its IYFF priority issues.
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25-27 June 2015— Forty-six leaders and staff were trained on Farmers Advocacy Consultation Tool (FACT) for use in accessing more funds for their agricultural projects through Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) and other lobby and advocacy issues. Organized by PAKISAMA, in partnership with AFA, Agriterra, FSSI, and PEF; this activity is vital to PAKISAMA’s program on “Building Sustainable Full Value-Chain Agri-based Cooperative Enterprises in the Philippines” to help strengthen its member cooperatives’ capacity to provide full value-chain support to their individual members and influence national and government programs and policies along this approach.
Published in 1991, this practical and insightful book is still as relevant as ever. The author, Shimpei Murakami, who is now AFA’s Chairperson, has shared a PDF copy for the public. Click here to download.
From the Foreword: “This book, Lessons from Nature by Mr. Shimpei Murakami is a praiseworthy attempt to explore the rules and principle’s of nature and how these could be better understood and applied to develop an alternative agricultural system which is not only wholesome, but also sustainable. His long working experience in Japan and 3 years experience at the Ecological Farm of Proshika has made this book very practice-oriented and at the same time, he explains meticulously, the ecological principles behind each practice. As this book is written in the context of Bangladesh, it may be the only book suitable for practitioners of ecological agriculture in Bangladesh. Apart from this, it will be an excellent resource for environmentalist who will find very good reading how agricultural resources – soil, water, biodiversity etc. – are damaged by chemical agriculture. Unlike many books on the environment, this book does not stop at describing the problems only. Mr. Murakami describes in detail the alternatives and give rational hints for practice. Above all, after reading this book, one is left with a feeling of optimism, that viable alternatives to the monumental damage to the environment exist. He proves, not theoretically but practically, that ecological agriculture is not only environmentally friendly, but also more productive and sustainable than chemical agriculture. Anyone reading this book will be convinced that ecological agriculture is based on the superior science of nature and, therefore, it is the way for the future.” ( Qazi Faruque Ahmed Executive Director PROSHIKA”)
By Violeta P. Corral, Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA)
PAKISAMA participated at the 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty held on March 23–27, 2015 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Organized by the Bank’s Development Economic Research Group (DECRG), the conference is a key global event which fosters dialogue and sharing of best practices among representatives from governments, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector on the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences that are being implemented in land sectors around the world. The theme for 2015 “Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity” highlights the effects of land tenure in the distribution of assets between men and women, generations, and social groups, and how patterns of land use will have far-reaching implications for welfare and other socioeconomic outcomes at household, community, or landscape level. PAKISAMA’s participation was made possible with travel support from the International Land Coalition (ILC). Continue reading Women’s Land Rights, Gender-Responsive Policies and the World Bank (Philippines)
This paper was prepared for presentation at the “2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty” in Washington DC last March 23-27, 2015 by Violeta P. Corral of the National Confederation of Small Farmers and Fishers Organizations (PAKISAMA), Philippines.
The Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) project was jointly implemented by PAKISAMA and Asian Farmers Association (AFA), support by the International Land Coalition (ILC).
Under the project, land tools were assessed for their gender-responsiveness using the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) framework developed by the Global Land Tool Network of the UN-HABITAT.
The land tools selected were:
- Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL of 1988);
- Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER of 2009);
- Magna Carta of Women (MCW of 2009);
- and Guidelines Governing Gender Equality in the Implementation of Agrarian Reform Laws and Mainstreaming GAD in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAO 01, Series of 2011).
How big a deal is agriculture in ASEAN? It contributes 39.9% to Myanmar’s GDP. It employs 60.3% of Cambodia’s labor force. ASEAN is home to 5 out of 10 top rice producers in the world.
How does climate change harm ASEAN’s food basket? Every 1C rise in temperature can reduce yield by 10%. Temperature has been rising by 0.14-0.20C every decade since the 1960’s.
The following are documents from the forum “Fighting Hunger through Partnerships” organized by Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), in cooperation with Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and Collectif Strategies Alimentaire ( CSA), on March 24, 2015 at the Institute for Social Order (ISO), Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.
The forum aimed to provide a venue for representatives from government agencies, non-government organizations, research institutes, academe and particularly farmers’ organizations to exchange views and experiences on institutional purchase in the context of fighting hunger. In addition, the forum also gave space for networking and partnership building among various stakeholders leading to concrete areas for cooperation. Continue reading Workshop Documents: Fighting Hunger through Partnerships: A Forum on Brazil’s Zero Hunger Program, Global Institutional Purchase, and the Philippines’ Partnership Against Hunger Project
PAKISAMA president Ireneo Cerilla received a plaque of recognition as one of nine finalists for the First International Land Coalition (ILC) Award during the ILC Global Land Forum and Assembly of Members in Dakar, Senegal last May 12-16. The recognition was given for PAKISAMA’s entry entitled “Twenty years of non-violent protest to benefit from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program” which falls under ILC’s commitment to “Strong Small-Scale Farming Systems.” Continue reading PAKISAMA receives recognition as finalist for the First ILC Award
The Agricultur Farmers Federation Myanmar (AFFM), an AFA member organization, will bring the voice of small farmers, women and landless workers representatives fighting against land grabbing, land confiscation, forced displacement, lack of rights and poverty to the MILAN EXPO 2015.
AFFM representatives will speak at the CIVIL SOCIETY PAVILLION on May 29, 14:30 PM on the theme “Empowerment of small farmers, landless workers and women for an integrated, sustainable rural development, peace and democracy”.
Continue reading AFFM brings voice of Myanmar farmers to MILAN EXPO 2015
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released a summary report of the Grow Asia Forum 2015 at the World Economic Forum at East Asia held on 19 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. which the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) participated in.
“Over 160 leaders from ASEAN governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations and farmers associations gathered at the Grow Asia Forum to set an agenda for this new regional multistakeholder partnership platform working to advance food security and sustainable, inclusive agricultural growth in ASEAN. Leaders committed to strengthening and scaling ongoing partnerships and launching new country partnerships, exchanged best practices, experiences and lessons from the region to develop innovative solutions, and jointly defined strategic priorities for the Grow Asia platform.”
Continue reading Summary of the Grow Asia Forum 2015 at the World Economic Forum at East Asia
Dakar, Senegal, 14 May 2015 — As focal point for the Land Matrix in Asia, AFA presented data on large scale land acquisitions in the region during the session organized by GIGA and ILC on May 13 at the 2015 Global Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
The data showed a high success rate of negotiations in foreign land deals in Asia, but a slower pace of implementation, and smaller area of contracted lands being put under actual production.
The data also showed patterns in former use of land and the intentions of investment on land, where mainly agricultural lands are being acquired for food, non-food commodities, unspecified agriculture produce and biofuels.
Continue reading AFA presents data on large scale land acquisitions in Asia at the 2015 Global Land Forum
ILC Asia Coordinator Erpan Faryadi and Information Officer Anna Brillante visited the AFA secretariat last April 17 in Quezon City, Philippines to exchange updates and explore cooperation on ILC/AFA’s initiative on the VGGT and the WEF’s Grow Asia campaign in the region. Faryadi and Brilante were in the country to attend the meeting of ILC NES Philippines as well as a land forum and general assembly of ANGOC.
This publication is a compilation of articles on the seed situation in South Asia as a whole, and Nepal and Bangladesh in particular. The articles here were edited from the research reports done under a project “Promoting Improved Policies in Favor of Family Farming in Developing Countries, in the Context of the International Year of Family Farming”. The project paved the way for us to know more about the policies on seed of the governments of Nepal and Bangladesh (South Asian countries where we
have members) as well as the regional intergovernment body in South Asia, the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).