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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 […]

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.


  • U Than Lwin – General Secretary of CTUM
  • Daw Ti Chia Pan – Treasurer of AFFM
  • U Saw Hla Si – President of Sagaing Region
  • U Jubelee           – Member of Sagaing Region
  • U Khen Za Dal           – Member of Chin State
  • Daw Zin Mar Oo           – CTUM

AFFM members produce avocado from Sagaing Region

In sagaing region, there are 5 townships consisting of AFFM members they are  Layshi, Khamti, Don hi, Somra, Nanyun and plant fruits such as avocado, orange, coffee, grapefruit etc. Layshi and Somra townships are 400ft highland and Somra township is 750 kilometers away from Yangon, more than 10000 avocado trees are planted and 15 tons of fruits are exported to India annually.

About Myanmar Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables Producers and Exporters

Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association is a NON PROFIT organization, representing farmers, processors and traders of fresh produce in Myanmar, founded in the year 2006. MFVP is also one of the affiliated organizations to UMFCCI. Members are fruits and vegetable farmers (producers), traders (wholesalers, distributors, exporters) and service providers, covering the entire business chain. The total number of members increased from 500 members in 2006 to around 40000 members by 2015, the vision of the association is: “ Until 2020, the position of Myanmar fresh produce is enhanced in existing and new markets in line with consumer requirements and growers needs”.

The Avocado exhibition aims to improve incomes and competiveness of at least 2,000 small agricultural producers in Taunggyi, and Hopong Townships of Southern Shan State, and Kanpelet, Mindat, Matup of Southern Chin State and associated supply chain actors through upgrading coffee, avocado and elephant foot yams (CAEFY) value chains.

CTUM-AFFM participants to Avocado Exhibition

On 4-8 Jan 2018 the president of Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) invited AFFM members who planted avocado at the Avocado exhibition in Hopong township, Southern Shan State. CTUM General Secretary U Than Lwin, Ti Chia Pan, Daw Zin mar Oo and 2 avocado farmers attended this event. The two Avocado farmers brought Avocado samples to participate at the competition, and 279 varieties were exhibited in this event.

The avocado has recently become a high potential crop for export and increasingly popular among plant farmers in Myanmar has proved to be profitable commercial crop, both for local sale and for export, and there is now interest in the establishment of avocado of any horticultural industry. Now, there is a need to study on native cultivars and varieties of Myanmar Avocado which are grown in Southern Shan State, Southern Chin State, Pyin Oo Lwin Township and Naung Cho Township, AFFM members now participate in member classification to recommend as suitable for commercial cultivars.

AFFM members participants in National Level of Executive Committee in Myanmar Avocado Producer and Exporter (MAPE)

On 8 Jan 2017 Formation of National level Myanmar Avocado Producers and Exporters (MAPE) with Chin State, Southern Shan, Pyin Oo Lwin and Sagaing Region participants. The forming of National Level was successful and 19 were elected as Central Executive Committee members and Ti Chia and Saw Hla Si of AFFM were also elected as National level Central Executive Committee members this year.

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 […]

South-South Cooperation Forum centers on sustainable agriculture, SDGs, women, & youth

South-South Cooperation Forum centers on sustainable agriculture, SDGs, women, & youth

Around 70 farmer leaders, farmer organization representatives, government representatives, and scholars from South Asian countries as well as international development partners participated in the “South-South Cooperation Forum: Promoting Sustainable Family Farming Agriculture to Achieve SDG 1 & 2” held at Park Village Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal […]

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.


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.





Declaration of Asia-Pacific Women Farmers by Asian Farmers’ Association on Scribd


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