After a 2-day strategic planning workshop held in Ping Tung, Taiwan which was highlighted by an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), a review of its progress vis-a-vis its strategic objectives in the last 5 years (2006-2010), as well as its mission, vision, goals, and 8-point peasant agenda (now 9-point peasant agenda), AFA farmer leaders and staff crafted the broad framework for its strategic plans for 2011-2015.
The framework centers around 3 main strategic objectives of (1) maximizing support of partners (CSOs, government and intergovernmental bodies, other FOs) in the promotion of AFA’s agenda by increasing networking activities and forging concrete partnership projects; (2) strengthening capacities of AFA in Knowledge Management; and (3) building a more sustainable, stronger AFA through a small-farmer centered governance and diversified financing.
The strategic plan crafted on April 21-22 at the National Ping Tung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), was subsequently approved during the 4th AFA General Assembly held on April 23 at the same venue.
Also held back-to-back with the strategic planning and general assembly were a field visit to the onion museum and distribution center and wax apple farms of TWADA members, a special Execom meeting, and a video shooting of TWADA and TDFA members’ production and marketing activities.
The Execom approved AFA’s 2009 financial audit report, operations plan and budget for 2010, and membership application with the World Rural Forum (WRF).
The 4th General Assembly, on the other hand, approved the regular membership of WAFF (Women Advanced Farmers Federation) from South Korea and AINOUKAI from Japan, and elected a new set of Execom officers.
The the events were hosted by the Taiwan Wax Apple Development Association (TWADA) in cooperation with NPUST and were attended by farmer leaders and staff from AFA’s 10 member organizations from 8 countries such as API (Indonesia), PAKISAMA (Philippines), SORKORPOR (Thailand), FNN (Cambodia), VNFU (Vietnam), KAFF and WAFF (South Korea), AINOUKAI (Japan), and TWADA and TDFA (Taiwan).
Workshop results and proceedings, as well as field visit reports, will be made available online.