(Note: The appointment of all IYFF special ambassadors are renewed for the 2015 International Year of Soils ).
Interview with Ms. Estrella Penunia, International Year of Family Farming Special Ambassador
Ms. Estrella Penunia, or Esther, as she is known to colleagues, is Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), a regional alliance of national farmers organizations or FOs in Asia. Established in 2002, AFA is currently composed of fifteen national FOs in twelve countries, representing around 12 million small-scale farmers (both women and men).
As a social development worker, Esther spent more than three decades working in the field of rural development alongside farmers, fishers and indigenous peoples as a community organizer, participatory action researcher, trainer, gender advocate, consultant, campaigns coordinator, NGO executive/manager and networker. Continue reading Family farmers should be at the heart of all agriculture, food security and nutrition agendas
AFA will join the upcoming Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on The Role of Family Farming in the 21st Century: Achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025,” to be held Aug 7-10, 2014 at Chennai, India. The consultation is also a follow-up meeting of the November 2013 meeting on IYFF held in Bangkok after the FAO CSO partnership strategy meeting, which AFA also attended.
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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PROCEEDINGS 6th AFA GA Regional Consultations: “Seizing the Momentum to Get Concrete Gains for Small Scale Farmers this IYFF”
May 6-8, 2014
Hotel Santika Bali, Indonesia
Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
Aliansi Petani Indonesia (API)
Global Agricultural Food Security Program (GAFSP)
International Land Coalition (ILC)
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CIVIL 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.” Continue reading Philippine CSOs gear up for IYFF 2014 events
AFA attended the meeting which was organised by the World Rural Forum and supported by Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development and Agriterra. Farmers leaders coming from five continents met to agree on global claims needed to strengthen Family Farming worldwide. Thirty leaders of farmers’ organisations sought consensus on their main demands, which was to be transmitted to society and decision makers during the IYFF 2014. The event is one of the first activities held by CSOs attached to IYFF 2014 since its official launch in November 2013 in New York. PAKISAMA National Coordinator Raul Socrates Banzuela attended the meeting in behalf of AFA. (See Annex: Worldwide farmer leaders meet at Abu Dhabi sustainability week to agree to global demands to boost family farming)