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Report from the Regional Conference on Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs)

Report from the Regional Conference on Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs)

Report from the Regional Conference on Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs)

7th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum Statement of Commitment

7th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum Statement of Commitment

We, the representatives of the ASEAN Member States, together with representatives of agricultural cooperatives, farmers’ and fishers’ organizations, development partners, and civil society organizations, gathered during the 2018 ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum in Pan Pacific Hotel, Malate, Manila, Philippines with the theme “Cooperatives: Members’ owned, […]

AFA co-convenes 7th ACBF in Manila

AFA co-convenes 7th ACBF in Manila

More than 200 cooperative leaders and members, farmers’ and fishers’ organizations, development partners, government representatives, and civil society organizations from ASEAN member states convened in Manila, Philippines on 15-18 January 2018 for the 7th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum (ACBF).

This year’s ACBF centers on coop-to-coop partnership with family farmers to advance prosperity for all. During the three-day event, the delegates participated in workshops and knowledge sharing and listened to presentations from various cooperatives and organizations to expand their knowledge and boost their capacity in agricultural enterprising. The event also provided a venue for the participants to further their networks and link with other local and international cooperatives to expand their businesses.

Various products of cooperatives from ASEAN member states were also showcased during the 7th ACBF, highlighting various organic products from the Philippines.

At the end of the forum, the participants read, in unison the 7th ACBF declaration which states their vision of having a fair and just society where small scale men and women farmers and their families are free from hunger and poverty, are happy and in good health, and live in peace and prosperity as well their commitments to pursue coop to coop partnerships and an enabling environment for agricultural cooperatives to thrive and prosper in the region. 

This was the second year that the Philippines has hosted the ACBF. The 6th ACBF on December 2016 also gave way to positive outcomes including a declaration of the cooperatives.

This year’s ACBF is organized by the Cooperative Development Authority of the Philippines (CDA) and co-organized by the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), ASEAN Foundation and ASEAN Farmers’ Organization Support Program (AFOSP), MTCP2 Programme, Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), ACDI Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ACDI MPC), Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative (FPSDC), CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative, Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives (NSCC), AFP Finance Center Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bukidnon Pharmaceutical Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BUPHARCO), Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (CISP), Mindanao Consolidated Cooperative Bank (MCCB), Tagum Cooperative, NATCCO Network, Oro Integrated Cooperative, First Community Cooperative (FICCO), Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative, San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SIDCC), and with funding support from the European Union, International Fund for Agriculture Development, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 

7TH ACBF STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

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7th ACBF SOUVENIR PROGRAMME

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OPENING MESSAGE OF AFA SEC GEN ESTHER PENUNIA

 

PROSPERITY FOR ALL: 7TH ACBF PRESS RELEASE

RELATED NEWS AND ARTICLES

 

COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS

REGIONAL SHARING

 

VIEW PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF THE 7TH ACBF HERE

 

READ TWEETS ON THE 7th ACBF

AFFM members attend Avocado Exhibition

AFFM members attend Avocado Exhibition

2017 Dec 4-8 Avocado Exhibition in Hopong Lay, Township Township, Southern Shan State Date: 6-7 Jan, 2017 Location:  Hoponlay, Taunggyi township, Southern Shan State is about 10 km from Taunggyi and is accessible by car from Taunggyi. CTUM-AFFM Team U Than Lwin – General Secretary […]

Land distribution turns landless community into organic farming cooperative

Land distribution turns landless community into organic farming cooperative

The Philippines embarked on a comprehensive Agrarian Reform Programme in 1981, set to redistribute 8.1 million hectares of land. Three years later, following land reforms, the Pecuaria Development Cooperative Inc. (PDCI) was established in Lanipga, Bula, a municipality in the province of Camarines Sur. In […]


Asia-Pacific Women Farmers' Forum

Asia-Pacific Women Farmers’ Forum

Asia-Pacific Women Farmers’ Forum

Recognizing and Strengthening the Contributions of Women Farmers in Climate Resilient Agriculture-Based Livelihoods

Around 100 women farmers from 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India on October4-6 2017 for the Asia-Pacific Women Farmers’ Forum organized by Asian Farmers’ Association and La Via Campesina, and will be hosted by Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

The forum will be a venue for women farmers to discuss initiatives on promoting the role of women farmers in climate-resilient agriculture-based livelihood. Through the forum, the women farmers will be able to share their initiatives, experiences and learnings as well as their concerns and issues in agriculture.

OBJECTIVES

At the end of the forum, the participants will be able to appreciate the  roles and contributions of women farmers in promoting food security, nutrition and climate resilient agriculture-based livelihoods as well as identify key action points to strengthen these roles through mechanisms in their respective organizational structures and platforms.

Specific objectives include:

  1. Share concrete examples of  initiatives of women farmers, through their organizations , in responding to their issues and concerns in agriculture and rural areas
  2. Give their learnings,  analysis, insights into SEWA’s comprehensive strategy and program in promoting climate-resilient agriculture
  3. Outline some ways forward in  strengthening women –led/managed FOs in promoting SDG 1 and 2 ( end poverty, end hunger, improved food security and nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture) based on their own country experiences and realities, and in what they have learned from SEWA.

The Asia-Pacific Women Farmers’ Forum is organized by AFA, La Via Campesina and SEWA, with support from MTCP2 Programme and development partners IFAD, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), European Union (EU), Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), International Land Coalition (ILC) and World Rural Forum (WRF).

READ NEWS ON ASIA-PACIFIC WOMEN FARMERS’ FORUM

 

WOMEN FARMERS’ STORIES

DECLARATION OF ASIA-PACIFIC WOMEN FARMERS

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