The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), a regional alliance of nine national farmers’ organizations, in eight countries in Asia, representing ten million farmers, will hold a consultation-workshop, entitled “Farmers’ Voices, Farmers’ Choices: AFA Regional Consultations on Food Sovereignty, Climate Change and Marketing”, on October 6-10, 2009, at Princeton Park Suites, No. 3, Mitmaitri Road, Din Daeng District, Bangkok, Thailand.
This consultation is part of AFA’s continuing efforts to deepen the understanding of small scale men and women farmers on regional and global events, especially their implications on small scale men and women farmers. This consultation is held parallel to the UN Intersessional Meeting on Climate Change, also being conducted in Bangkok this September 27-October 9.
There are two main AFA events that AFA will hold:
1) On October 6-8, AFA will conduct a regional consultation on “Asian Women Farmers’ Reclaiming Space for Food Sovereignty Amidst Climate Change”. Women farmer leaders will come together to understand the Asian and global dynamics of the climate change negotiations, to share their initiatives in ensuring food security and in responding to the effects of climate change.
2) On October 9-10, AFA will conduct the “Regional Knowledge Sharing on AFA Members’ Marketing Initiatives: Basics in Engaging the Market”. This knowledge sharing will give the participants additional knowledge and insights on how to develop/improve their marketing strategies of identified focus crops. During this workshop, a framework for commodity based organizing will be formulated which will hopefully guide farmers’ groups in forming commodity-based groups.