AFA, Agriterra support VNFU’s FACT roll out in Vietnam

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Coaching mission for FACT trainers in Hue province, Vietnam. March 14-15, 2016.

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), in cooperation with its partner Dutch agri-agency Agriterra, is supporting the roll out of FACT trainings by its member Viet Nam Farmer Union (VNFU) in 10 provinces through trainings of trainers and coaching missions for the trainers. Continue reading AFA, Agriterra support VNFU’s FACT roll out in Vietnam

AFA Participates in Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016 in consortium with AIPP, NTFP-EP

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The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) participated in the just concluded 3rd Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016, held last February 22-26 at Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines, coinciding with the 26th session of the Asia Pacific Forestry Commission of The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Continue reading AFA Participates in Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2016 in consortium with AIPP, NTFP-EP

AFA participates in sixth global farmers’ forum

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The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) participated in the just concluded 6th global farmers’ forum held at the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy on February 15-16, coinciding with its tenth anniversary. Continue reading AFA participates in sixth global farmers’ forum

Rural Women Enterprise: Experience from India

Smita Bhatnagar from India in South Asia shares experiences and lessons in developing and runnning a women-led agriculture enterprise (17 Feb 2016, Sixth Farmers’ Forum, IFAD, Rome).

Through the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase Two (MTCP2), the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), in consortium with La Via Campesina, documents innovative experiences on the ground in order share lessons learned with farmer organizations to support policy engagement and service delivery efforts in the Asia Pacific region.

Empowering Producers through Agricultural Cooperatives: Experience from Mongolia

Altatuya Tsende-ish from Mongolia in Central Asia shares experiences and lessons in empowering producers through agricultural cooperatives (16 Feb 2016, Sixth Farmers’ Forum, IFAD, Rome).

Through the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase Two (MTCP2), the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), in consortium with La Via Campesina, documents innovative experiences on the ground in order share lessons learned with farmer organizations to support policy engagement and service delivery efforts in the Asia Pacific region.

Non-Formal Education for Rural Youth: Experience from Fiji

Serenia Madigibuli from Tu Tu Taveuni, Fiji in the Pacific shares experiences and lessons in developing capacities of rural youth in agriculture (16 Feb 2016, Sixth Farmers’ Forum, IFAD, Rome).

Through the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase Two (MTCP2), the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), in consortium with La Via Campesina, documents innovative experiences on the ground in order share lessons learned with farmer organizations to support policy engagement and service delivery efforts in the Asia Pacific region.

Attracting the Youth to Agriculture: Experience from the Philippines

Ana Sibayan from Mindoro, Philippines in Southeast Asia shares experiences and lessons as a young person adopting organic agriculture (16 Feb 2016, Sixth Farmers’ Forum, IFAD, Rome).

Through the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase Two (MTCP2), the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), in consortium with La Via Campesina, documents innovative experiences on the ground in order share lessons learned with farmer organizations to support policy engagement and service delivery efforts in the Asia Pacific region.

AFA participates in policy dialogue on agricultural research

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AFA farmer leaders and staff joined the High Level Policy Dialogue on Investment in Agricultural Research for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific organized by APAARI in collaboration with ACIAR, DOA, Thailand, FAO-RAP, GFAR and IFPRI on 8-9 December 2015 in Bangkok.

The Policy Dialogue aimed to promote investment in agricultural research and innovation for sustainable development through appropriate policies, strategies and actions.

A GCARD3 social reporter posted this about one of the informal sessions between AFA representatives and researchers during the conference: http://blog.gfar.net/2015/12/10/the-revolution-happens-in-the-hall-and-over-half-empty-cups-of-tea/

In the News: Farmer-Scientist Group, Petitioners Won Case Against Bt Eggplant

(Note: PAKISAMA, AFA member in the Philippines, is a member of the NO2GMO coalition)

Baños, Laguna – After almost four years of litigation, farmers and consumers can finally have peace of mind knowing that their eggplant, commonly known as talong, will now be safe from genetic modification. Yesterday, the Supreme Court has permanently stopped the field testing of Bt talong, an eggplant variety genetically engineered to produce its own toxin. Apart from permanently stopping the field testing of Bt talong, it also declared the Department of Agriculture’s administrative order No. 8-2002 null and void resulting to a halt on the application for field testing, contained use, propagation and importation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) pending the promulgation of a new administrative order. Continue reading In the News: Farmer-Scientist Group, Petitioners Won Case Against Bt Eggplant

AFA and FAO sign MOU

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The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN signed a Memorandum of Understanding last November 26 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The MoU provides a framework for cooperation between the Parties with an overall goal of supporting countries to strengthen capacities of of farmers’ organizations to improve organizational development, service delivery, market access, good governance on land, gender equality, lobbying and advocacy for policy change in the Asia and the Pacific region.

(In the photo is AFA Chairperson Shimpei Murakami and FAO ADG Kundhavi Kadiresan)

SOURCE: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/representative/photos/en/

Aliansi Petani Indonesia hosts World Rural Forum’s Asia-Pacific Desk in Jakarta

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Jakarta, Indonesia, 4 November 2015 — Following the 5th Global Conference with the theme “Let’s Build The Future: Family Farming” held in Bilbao last 21-24 September 2015, the World Rural Forum (WRF) has set up its Asia-Pacific Desk in Indonesia and appointed Dr. Daniel Ruiz de Garibay as the Asia-Pacific Sector Coordinator.

Aliansi Petani Indonesia (API) will host the desk in its National Secretariat office in Jakarta.

Today, API held a warm official welcome meeting with Dr. Daniel in his new office.

“We introduced each other, telling our experience with WRF (during IYFF 2014), the latest event we participated in Bilbao, and a brief explanation of our plan (the National Committee of FF in Indonesia),” said Ika Krishnayanti, International Relations Staff of API.

“API is glad that Indonesia National Committee of Family Farming and WRF have joined forces in favor of family farming in Indonesia and in the region,” she added.

(Issue Paper) Challenges and Opportunities in Promoting VGGT to Secure Tenure Rights of Family Farmers

issue paper cover vggtChallenges and Opportunities in Promoting VGGT to Secure Tenure Rights of Family Farmers, AFA Issue Paper, Volume 7, Number 3, September 2015

Ma Win of a small village in Myanmar is anxious. An officer of the Forest Department has asked her and co-villagers to move out of the village, based on a piece of paper saying that the 700-acre land
where they were staying, has been granted to the wife of a high ranking officer. Since 2000, she and co-villagers have been growing beans, lemons, pineapples, papaya and vegetables. From the nearby forests they have extracted fuel wood, medicinal plants and bamboo shoots. The villagers have long ago understood that the land was unclassified public forest. But now the officer said that the land had been reclassified as a wasteland and thus could be given to a private individual. If they leave, where will they go? Will her family survive? Today, some of the village leaders will be filing a complaint to the President. Will the President listen to their complaint? Will they be granted the right to stay in the village?

Published by AFA with support from the International Land Coalition (ILC)

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(Issue Paper) Seeing the Forests and the Farms Together: Promoting the Rights and Livelihoods of Forest and Farm Producers in Asia

issue paper cover fffSeeing the Forests and the Farms Together: Promoting the Rights and Livelihoods of Forest and Farm Producers in Asia, AFA Issue Paper, Volume 7, Number 2, August 2015

There is a very close relationship between forestry and farming. Both forests and farms are source of food (both from plants and animals), nutrition, health, and livelihoods for family farmers. Besides, forests provide sources for fuel, energy, water and medicines. Forests beautify and contribute to biodiversity in a particular landscape.

Many women and men farmers in Asia live inside or near forest areas and as such, are also engaged in gathering and producing food, wood and other products from the forests. Moreover, they plant their crops near forests, and often strive to augment their incomes by engaging in farm as well as forest-based production and services. Many people who live inside forests are also into farming. Out of 17 member organizations in 13 countries of the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), 10 member organizations in nine (9) countries have members or partner farmer groups living inside or near forests.

This issue paper looks at the situation of farmers living inside or near forest areas, i.e. in forested landscapes. It examines the challenges confronting forest and farm producers in Asia, and presents their initiatives and recommendations on how to address these challenges. The content of this paper is drawn from the output of nine national consultation workshops (done by AFA members in Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Kyrgyztan) participated by 250 persons, as well as from a regional sharing and learning session wherein 52 representatives from 15 AFA member organizations and partners in 12 countries participated.

According to FAO, “farm and forest producers are women and men, smallholder families, indigenous peoples and local communities who have strong relationships with forests and farms in forested landscapes. Such producers grow, manage, harvest and process a wide range of natural resource-based goods and services for subsistence use and for sale in local, national or international markets.”

Published by AFA with support from the Forest and Farm Facility

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(Issue Paper) A Viable Future: Attracting the Youth to Agriculture

issue paper cover youthA Viable Future: Attracting the Youth to Agriculture, AFA Issue Paper, Volume 7. Number 1, June 2015

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.

Published by AFA with support from Agriterra.

AFA holds regional knowledge sharing workshop on sustainable agro-enterprises and services to members

IMG_1680AFA organized the “Regional Knowledge Sharing and Learning Workshop on Sustainable Agri- Enterprise Models and Strategies for National FOs Programs and Services to Members” last September 6-8, 2015 in Quezon City, Philippines.  Joining the workshop were AFA members, partners and support organizations. The objective of the workshop was to improve the capacities of AFA national FO members in extending services to its members/farmers’ associations particularly in managing sustainable agro-enterprises.  Specifically, the objectives were to (1) share and learn different models or approaches of extending economic services of national farmer organizations to their members, based on cases/experiences presented and advise from experts; (2) identify areas for improvement of existing models or approaches of AFA Members in extending services and programs related to the enterprises; and (3) develop guidelines or tips which the national farmer organizations can use when extending economic services to members. This regional workshop was supported by Collectif Strategies Alimentaires, an agri-agency based in Brussels, Belgium. Continue reading AFA holds regional knowledge sharing workshop on sustainable agro-enterprises and services to members

Time to Listen to Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, and Small holder Forest and Farm Producers

IMG_0255This 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.

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Empowering small scale women and men farmers in Asia