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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.

In a reply to the open letter, David Nabarro, head of the interim secretariat, said that the purpose of the meeting at The Hague is to consider the shape and scope of a voluntary alliance.

He added that the purpose of the alliance is “to help improve food security by enabling governments,  farmers,  scientists,  businesses,  and civil society, as well as regional unions and international organizations, to adjust agricultural practices, food systems and social policies so that they better take account of climate change and make efficient  use  of  natural  resources.”

He emphasized that the alliance has not yet been formed and that several parties interested in the alliance have questions about a number of issues, including concerns about the purpose, structure, membership and name of such an alliance.

“These issues will be raised and discussed during the meeting, and we anticipate that there will be space throughout the agenda for different participants to present the views of their governments, farmers’ associations, civil society organizations, scientific bodies and international organizations,” Nabarro said.

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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).

Among the highlights of the event were the election of a new AFA Chairperson from Japan, confirmation of five new member organizations in three new covered countries, approval of major thrusts for 2014-2016, and knowledge sharing on attracting youth in agriculture, on tools for sustainable and inclusive agri-based enterprises and gender responsive land laws, and on opportunities for more farmer-directed public programs on agriculture and food security (such as the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program) and research for development. It was capped by a dialogue with partners, who gave solidarity statements indicating areas for further cooperation with AFA, and a solidarity night among AFA members and partners.

For the International Year of Family Farming, AFA is working on six priority agenda, such as: (1) recognition of family farmers; (2) land rights; (3) investments in sustainable agroecological approaches; (4) increased market power of farmers; (5) farmers’ representation in key consultative and decision making bodies; and, (6) attracting the youth to agriculture.

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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.

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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.

The second draft presents a vision for the regional rice sector for 2030 as well as several strategic options that hope to provide input to member states in making some adjustments in their existing rice strategies.

The draft vision hopes for “food secure, better nourished and prosperous rice producers and consumers in the Asia Pacific region who benefit equitably from a vibrant, innovative and transformed sector that is more productive, efficient and environmentally sustainable by 2030.”
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January 22nd, 2014

Worldwide farmer leaders meet at Abu Dhabi sustainability week to agree to global demands to boost family farming

(PAKISAMA National Coordinator Raul Socrates Banzuela is attending this meeting in behalf of AFA.)

PRESS RELEASE

IYFF-2014: WORLDWIDE FARMERS LEADERS MEET DURING ABU DHABI SUSTAINABILITY WEEK IN ORDER TO AGREE GLOBAL DEMANDS TO BOOST FAMILY FARMING

· Participants seek global consensus on the major claims that Civil Society Organizations will transmit to decision makers during the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014.

· Family Farming, which provides 70% of the food consumed in the world and guarantees sustainable management of natural resources, requires a more determined support in most countries.

· This Women and Men Farmers Leaders’ meeting on the IYFF-2014 will take place on January 21-22, organised by the World Rural Forum and supported by Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development and Agriterra.

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December 5th, 2013

Asia Pacific FO’s launch IFAD-funded capacity building project

23 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand — Coming on the heels of the successful implementation of its pilot implementation, the second phase of the “Medium Term Cooperation Programme with Farmer Organizations in Asia and the Pacific” or MTCP2, a capacity building program funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), kicked off today in an official ceremony attended by various regional and national farmer organizations, including civil society organizations, government officials, and donor organizations.

MTCP2 aims at supporting poverty reduction in the region through strengthened capacity of rural farmers and their organizations to influence policies impacting on the livelihoods of rural poor producers. It will have four program components such as, strengthening FOs and their networks, supporting participation of FOs in policy processes, scaling up FO services and their involvement in agricultural development program, and strengthening program management and coordination.

Phase one of the project was a pilot grant implemented by FAO and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) from 2009-2012 that promoted the inclusion of smallholder farmers and their organizations in policy dialogues at various levels and strengthened regional, sub-regional and national FO platforms in Asia.

MTCP2 will build on the experiences and lessons learned from that phase and scale up the development of FOs in Asia and the Pacific region and will enhance the integration of poor smallholders, especially women and young people, through improved and inclusive services for FO members.

Fore more information, photos, videos and event highlights and proceedings, visit the following:

MTCP2 Blog

MTCP2 Facebook Page

November 22nd, 2013

AFA’s Presentation on Family Farming (2 of 2)

AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia speaking at the panel session on “Policies and Enabling Environment for Sustainable Development of Family Farming” during the event “Regional Dialogue on Family Farming: Sustainable Rural Development and Food Security organized by FAO on 21-22 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

November 22nd, 2013

AFA’s Presentation on Family Farming (1 of 2)

AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia speaking at the panel session on “Policies and Enabling Environment for Sustainable Development of Family Farming” during the event “Regional Dialogue on Family Farming: Sustainable Rural Development and Food Security organized by FAO on 21-22 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

November 22nd, 2013

IYFF-2014: A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE FAMILY FARMING

(We support family farming! Representatives of AFA and other FOs participating in the MTCP2 launch and startup workshop are in Bangkok for the IYFF conference organized by FAO.)

PRESS RELEASE

IYFF-2014: A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE FAMILY FARMING

  • Thousands of farmers throughout the world vindicate the role of Family Farming, through simultaneous activities on the occasion of the official launching of the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014, which is to be held tomorrow 22 November in New York.
     
  • 70% of the food consumed in the world comes from Family Farming and 40% of families live from this activity.
  • The World Rural Forum, coordinator of the IYFF-2014 Civil Society programme, highlights the need to agree on public policies that promote the development of Family Farming potential and recognise the right of nations to produce the majority of their food.

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November 18th, 2013

Official Launch of the Medium Term Cooperation Project – Phase Two (MTCP2)

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Official Launch of the Medium Term Cooperation Project – Phase Two (MTCP2)

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

When: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 9:00 AM
Where: Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Who: AFA, La Via Campesina, ANFPa, PIFON, IFAD

Farmers’ federations from Asia-Pacific, with support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will organize the “MTCP2 Launch and Start-Up Workshop” on Nov 23-24, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The MTCP2 Launch will be held at Amari Watergate Hotel in the morning of Nov 23 while the Start-Up Workshop will be held at First Hotel in the afternoon of Nov 23 and the whole day of Nov 24.

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October 23rd, 2013

Muhammad Rifai, A Young Entrepreneur Farmer Developing Excellent (Ideal) Corn Seeds for Farmers

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October 5th, 2013

CSO side event during the Committee on Food Security meetings in Rome

The Civil Society Mechanism is organizing a side event related to the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014 during the Committee of Food Security (CFS) meetings, to be held on 7-11 October 2013 at the FAO headquarters in Rome.  CSOs who are in Rome next week are invited to this meaningful event. Click here to download the event flyer

CFS Rome Side Event