(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 be in Rome on September 16-18 for the XIII UN Inter agency RT on Communications for Development on the theme “Mainstreaming Communication for Development in Policies and Programs Enabling Social Inclusion to support food and nutrition security , resilient livelihoods and family farming.” AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia will, who is also the IYFF Ambassador for Asia Pacific, will deliver a keynote address during the event.
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.
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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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)