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Various activities, important decisions mark AFA’s 5th general assembly

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) held various activities and decided on important matters on its recently concluded 5th general assembly, which was also a celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Vietnam Farmers Union (VNFU) hosted the event in Hanoi, Vietnam last March 9, 2012 back-to-back with regional farmers’ consultations on March 7-8 and a CSO consultation on the 31st FAO APRC that AFA attended on March 10-11.

The series of events officially opened on March 7 with a cultural presentation from a Vietnamese folk group, who also performed traditional songs and dances with participants from different Asian countries, and with welcome speeches from VNFU Vice-Chairperson Dr. Nguyen Duy Luong and incumbent AFA Chairperson Mr. Tsai, Shun-Te.

Around 45 representatives from 12 farmer organizations and partner NGOs from 10 Asian countries, such as API (Aliansi Petani Indonesia), FNN (Farmer and Nature Net) in Cambodia, VNFU (Vietnam Farmers Union), SorKorPor (Farmer’s Federations Association for Development Thailand), PAKISAMA (Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka) in the Philippines, AINOUKAI in Japan, KAFF (Korea Advanced Farmers’ Federation) and WAFF (Women Advanced Farmers’ Federation) in South Korea, TWADA (Taiwan Wax Apple Development Association), TDFA (Taiwan Dairy Farmers Association), KKM (Kendrio Krishok Moitre) and Action Aid in Bangladesh, NLRF (National Land Rights Forum) and CSRC (Community Self-Relience Centre) in Nepal attended the event, and ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) in Mongolia.

Representatives from partner agencies, such as Nellie van der Pasch of Agriterra, Ignace Coussement of Agricord, Thomas Price of GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research), Marlene Ramirez of AsiaDHRRA, Jose Osaba of WRF (World Rural Forum), Michael Commons of Green Net, and Dinah Fuentisima of WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) also graced the occasion.

Review of accomplishments and decisions

Opening with a video showing photos of the past four general assemblies of AFA, the 5th general assembly reviewed AFA’s accomplishments in the last two years (2010-2011) vis-a-vis the strategic plans it set for 2011-2015, while member FOs gave updates on their respective organizational activities.

The assembly also heard, discussed and adopted the Chairperson’s report regarding the administration and activities of AFA and confirmed decisions made by the Executive Committee in between general assemblies.

Exhibit, field visit, and courtesy call

As part of AFA’s knowledge sharing activities, each AFA member organization also put up an exhibit of its country’s agricultural products and traditional processed foods just outside the meeting room, where participants exchanged information on the items on display.

On March 8, participants also went on a field visit to an organic farming project, which is run mainly by women farmers.

It was followed by a short meeting with the VNFU chairperson and other leaders at the VNFU headquarters in a new building in Hanoi, where the two sides shared their aspirations and activities for farmers.

Two-year thrusts, new members, and new officers

The 5th General Assembly set the thrusts of AFA for the next two years, focusing mainly on governance and organizational development, capacity building, knowledge management, and policy advocacy.

The assembly welcomed AFA’s first two member FOs from South Asia — KKM (Kendrio Krishok Moitre) in Bangladesh and NLRF (National Land Rights Forum) in Nepal — whose applications for regular membership were previously approved by the AFA Execom.

It also determined the new set of Executive Committee members for 2012-2014, which in turn elected the new set of officers.

Through a collegial process that follows the tradition of leadership rotation, the Execom elected FNN President Uon Sophal as the new AFA Chairperson, the representative from Ainoukai as Vice-Chaiperson and the representative from API as Treasurer, while re-appointing Esther Penunia as Secretary General.

10th year anniversary, international women’s day, and tribute to farmer leaders

The general assembly was also an occasion for celebration and commemoration.

AFA celebrated its 10th year of existence through an exhibit of agricultural products, solidarity night, ritual of mixing and distributing traditional rice varieties from each Asian country, reading of solidarity statements from partners, awarding of plaques of appreciation, launching of a draft anniversary video and banners containing 10 themes, and the announcement of a plan to come out with a coffee table book highlighting AFA’s important achievements and future plans.

AFA also celebrated International Women’s Day during the field visit, courtesy call to VNFU headquarters, and solidarity night on March 8.

The Women Advanced Farmers’ Federation (WAFF), AFA’s first and so far only FO member composed solely of women, gave away gifts to women farmers during the field visit to the organic farming project.

VNFU’s Chairperson and other leaders also presented gifts to all AFA women during the courtesy call at the VNFU headquarters.

AFA’s women were again honored during the solidarity night, where they were given roses and asked to share their sentiments about the occasion.

Finally, the general assembly also set aside a special time to commemorate the heroism and martyrdom of farmer leaders in AFA who have died in the struggle for farmers’ rights.

The life and death of farmer leaders Lee Kyung Hae of South Korea; Vicente Paglinawan, Renato Penas, and Florita Caya of the Philippines; and women farmers Lamlaya Chamchamagar and Janak Kumari Chaudhary who died during the land rights campaign in Nepal were presented at the opening of the general assembly, followed by a moment of silence and a dedication of the event to their memory.

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SorKorPor and AFA hold meeting in Manila

In order to discuss various organizational matters and cooperation projects, AFA held its first official meeting with SorKorPor under its new Secretary General.

The newly appointed Mr. Pote (Third from left in the photo), together with Ms. Saengnapa from its partner NGO ThaiDHRRA, met with the AFA Secretary General and other staff on July 2.

Among the matters discussed by the two secretariat heads are the planned national consultation and regional conference to be hosted by SorKorPor in Thailand this year.

SorKorPor Solidarity Statement for PAKISAMA

On the occasion of the 7th National congress

Dear Brothers and sisters: our comrade in PAKISAMA

We, the Thai farmer’s Association (SorKorPor) want to talk and express our solidarity with you on the special important event in your history the 7th National congress on March 18 – 20, 2009 with the theme “Unity Amidst Challenges of the time”.

The Crisis of the global financial meltdown, climate chomge, food crisis and bad governance give a big chance of small farmers’ small fishers and indigenous peoples.

“Why and How to work – hard” this is the question,

You and other farmer’s Organization must give the best answer for the farmers, and the answer is the goal we must walk together.

We hope you can use the 7th National congress to build common understanding in “strength, weakness, Obstacles and opportunities” in your organization and create strategic plan and tactical Action plan for solve the solution.

We also hope that after the 7th National congress, your organization will strengthen and more stronger and can do more works for your farmers, fishers and indigenous peoples.

May PAKISAMA young youn!
Long live PAKISAMA!

In solidarity

Prawit Panchareon
Chairperson of SorKorPor

March 17, 2009

Issue paper on ASEAN now available in local languages

Farmers in ASEAN member-countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand, can now understand more about ASEAN issues related to farmers in the region through an issue paper that has been translated into local languages.

The issue paper entitled “Understanding the ASEAN Charter and the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint”, published by AFA and AsiaDHRRA, is now available in Khmer, Bahasa, Tagalog, Viertnamese, and Thai versions.

AFA members from ASEAN countries (FNN in Cambodia, API in Indonesia, PAKISAMA in the Philippines, VNFU in Vietnam, and SORKORPOR in Thailand) did the translation of the issue paper for distribution to farmers in their respective countries.

Through the local versions of the issue paper, it is expected that farmers belonging to AFA member organizations will understand more about ASEAN-related issues affecting them and appreciate the efforts of their national farmers’ organizations on regional advocacy through AFA.

As part of its advocacy effort in the Asian region, AFA conducts dialogues and consultations with ASEAN to understand more the issues concerning farmers and agriculture and put forward the farmers’ analysis and position on these issues, in the hope of affecting the regional inter-government body’s policies and activities.

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SorKorPor meets with Ministry of Agriculture

The Executive Committee of the Farmer’s Federations Association for Development Thailand (SorKorPor), led by Mr. Prawit Pancharoen (Chair-person) and Dr. Yutkati Sarikaputi (Head of Advisors), held a meeting with Thailand’s Agriculture Minister Mr. Samsak Pridnanuntakol and Permanent Undersecretary Mr. Jaruntada Kannasuit last March 20, 2008 to discuss cooperation between SorKorPor and the Ministry at the country level, as well as with AFA at the regional level.

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Stories in Pictures: Thai and Vietnamese farmers share initiatives in agricultural self-sufficiency

The Farmer’s Federations Association for Development Thailand (SorKorPor) hosted the visit of representatives from the Vietnam National Farmer Union (VNFU) last March 25-30, 2008 in order to learn from Thailand farmers’ initiatives on agricultural self-sufficiency and to strengthen the ties between the two farmer organizations and the rest of the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), which is currently being chaired by SorKorPor.

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Statement of Support of SorKorPor in Thailand to Sumilao Farmers in the Philippines

Dear Friends in PAKISAMA,

Re: Moral Support to “Lumad” Farmers from Sumilao to March on Foot for 60 Days to Reclaim Land

Farmers’ Federations Association for Development Thailand (Sorkorpor) wants to express our admirableness to “Lumad” Farmers through our friends, PAKISAMA.

We realize that LAND is heart of all farmers. In case of Thailand, our small farmers in all parts of the country have ever struggled to protect their ancient lands from many competitive used of other sectors. Regarding to the circumstance, we can say that Filippino and Thai farmers are in the same fate. We think that the campaign by marching on foot for 60 days to reclaim land of Sumilao farmers is a symbol of farmers and poor people who have just only bodies and mind as tools for struggle.

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AFA has new Vice-Chairperson

The AFA Execom elected a new Vice-Chairperson last June 15, 2007 during its 19th Execom Meeting at held at the Partnership Center in Quezon City, Philippines.

Mr. Prawit Pancharoen, newly elected Chairperson of SorKorPor, succeeded Ms. Sudaporn Sittisathapornkul as Vice-Chairperson after the latter finished her term.

In simple ceremonies at the end of the meeting, a plaque of recognition was presented by Chairperson Seo to Ms. Sittisathapornkul for her dedication to AFA as former Vice-Chairperson.

SorKorPor 2006 Report

31st October – 1st November 2006
SorKorPor conducted The 3rd General Assembly; Prime Minister General Surayut Julanon attended the meeting and received 7 solutions of SorZorPor on solving farmers’ problems and request on the cooperation of SorKorPor to work with government and Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

29th October – 4th November 2006
The representatives of Agriterra and ZLTO traveled to attend the GA of SorKorPor, they had discussion meeting on about the new project “Farmers Fighting Poverty” and visited SorKorPor-Lower Northern Region at Uttaradit province and Chieng Mai province.

9th – 15th November 2006
SorKorPor Committee went to attend the 16th AFA meeting at Hanoi, Vietnam and had build relationship cooperation between SorKorPor – VNFU in year 2007.

28th – 29th November 2006
SorKorPor conducted project on Technical Assistance on “Farmer leaders and Organization Administration” that was the project cooperation of AFA and SorKorPor.

30th November 2006
The executive committee of SorKorPor led by Khun Sudaporn, Chairlady of SorKorPor and Chairperson of SorKorPor’s advisers went to meet Dr.Theera Sutabud, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, at the meeting room of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the meeting discussed on the cooperation on solving the problems of farmers and Ministry of Agriculture received principle on about Law of National farmers’ council.

4th – 5th December 2006
Chairlady of SorKorPor and the committee went to attend the summarized meeting of 2 years of Tsunami with SorKorPor-Southern region and working group of Tsunami in the southern region.

7th December 2006
SorKorPor was the host on organizing the meeting cooperated with farmers’ organizations and the social leaders to push Law of National Farmers Council.

9th – 15th December, 2006
The representatives of SorKorPor went to attend Asian Civil Society, the 17th AFA Meeting and Joint meeting of AFA – AsiaDHRRA at Cebu, the Philippines.

25th – 29th December 2006
SorKorPor sent Card’s Merry X-mas/Happy New Year 2007 to AFA, Agriterra, ZLTO, AsiaDHRRA, WRF and etc.

SorKorPor congratulates VNFU on their countries’ diplomatic relations anniversary

August 6, 2006 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and The Kingdom of Thailand (August 6, 1976 – August 6, 2006). To mark the occasion, SorKorPor sent a congratulatory letter to VNFU.

In the letter, SorKorPor Chairperson Sudaporn Sittisathapornkul said that “SorKorPor desires and believes that our two countries, both governments and people, which have traditional and long-term relations, have played a very important role in the building and development of the bilateral ties, especially between SorKorPor and VNFU, which are the representative of farmers…”

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