AFA will take part in the Asia-Pacific Local Champions Exhibition to be held at the Royal Agriculture University of Cambodia in Phnom Penh on August 10-12.
How big a deal is agriculture in ASEAN? It contributes 39.9% to Myanmar’s GDP. It employs 60.3% of Cambodia’s labor force. ASEAN is home to 5 out of 10 top rice producers in the world.
How does climate change harm ASEAN’s food basket? Every 1C rise in temperature can reduce yield by 10%. Temperature has been rising by 0.14-0.20C every decade since the 1960’s.
The following are documents from the forum “Fighting Hunger through Partnerships” organized by Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), in cooperation with Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and Collectif Strategies Alimentaire ( CSA), on March 24, 2015 at the Institute for Social Order (ISO), Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.
The forum aimed to provide a venue for representatives from government agencies, non-government organizations, research institutes, academe and particularly farmers’ organizations to exchange views and experiences on institutional purchase in the context of fighting hunger. In addition, the forum also gave space for networking and partnership building among various stakeholders leading to concrete areas for cooperation. Continue reading Workshop Documents: Fighting Hunger through Partnerships: A Forum on Brazil’s Zero Hunger Program, Global Institutional Purchase, and the Philippines’ Partnership Against Hunger Project
ILC Asia Coordinator Erpan Faryadi and Information Officer Anna Brillante visited the AFA secretariat last April 17 in Quezon City, Philippines to exchange updates and explore cooperation on ILC/AFA’s initiative on the VGGT and the WEF’s Grow Asia campaign in the region. Faryadi and Brilante were in the country to attend the meeting of ILC NES Philippines as well as a land forum and general assembly of ANGOC.
This publication is a compilation of articles on the seed situation in South Asia as a whole, and Nepal and Bangladesh in particular. The articles here were edited from the research reports done under a project “Promoting Improved Policies in Favor of Family Farming in Developing Countries, in the Context of the International Year of Family Farming”. The project paved the way for us to know more about the policies on seed of the governments of Nepal and Bangladesh (South Asian countries where we
have members) as well as the regional intergovernment body in South Asia, the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
“For the Asian Farmers Association, an alliance of national farmer organizations with members and partners in seven ASEAN countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam), sustainable and inclusive growth means:
Production technologies that improve and enhance the soil’s health, promote biodiversity, reduce wastage and promote nutrient recycling, promote diversification and integration, build on local knowledge and wisdom, and allow farmers to continuously innovate
Marketing and distribution systems that are economically rewarding
Adequate access to finance, markets and information
Increased participation in the value chain; for example, in processing our products
Significant involvement in the decision-making processes of the partnership”
From healthcare and human rights to farming and infrastructure, here is a round-up of some of the top quotes from the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015, which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 19-21 April.
Image: Estrella Penunia, Secretary General of AFA, in Grow Asia Press Conference at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 21, 2015. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary
How about increasing farmers/fishers’ income by 10-50% by combining nutrition and livelihood objectives through local sourcing of agri-fishery products from farmers/fishers’ organizations and institutional purchase by school and DSWD’s feeding program?
The Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), in cooperation with Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and Collectif Strategies Alimentaire ( CSA), will hold a forum on Fighting Hunger through Partnerships on March 24, 2015 at the Institute for Social Order (ISO), Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.
The forum hopes to provide a venue for representatives from government agencies, non-government organizations, research institutes, academe and particularly farmers’ organizations to exchange views and experiences on institutional purchase in the context of fighting hunger. In addition, the forum also hopes to provide space for networking and partnership building among various stakeholders leading to concrete areas for cooperation.
Experiences from Brazil’s Zero Hunger Program and the Philippines’ Partnership Against Hunger Project as well as global institutional purchase initiatives shall be highlighted. Resource persons from Brazil and Belgium will be joining to share their experiences.
Healthy soils contribute to resilient food production. Soil carbon is a key to healthy soils but, today we see the long-term consequences of agricultural management that has neglected soil carbon – degraded soils, polluted waters, and unprecedented rates of hunger and malnutrition. There are good examples of agroecological practices that were developed by farmers who have long known the importance of soil carbon. Yet, in many cases these practices are being re-learnt, adapted and new practices are being developed to reconnect with the soil and rebuild soil carbon.
This issue of Farming Matters presents the experiences of farmers who are working successfully, together with others, to improve the health of their soil and their lives. The stories on these pages show that healthy soils increase farmers’ autonomy and long-term productivity. And, healthy soils also contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. We see that farmers are making use of local resources to build soil carbon, and in the process they are reducing their dependence on external inputs. This issue makes a call to listen to farmers and learn from their experiences on the land.
The Global Land Forum 2015 will be held on May 12-16, 2015 in Dakar, Senegal with the theme “LAND GOVERNANCE FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT, JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY: TIME FOR ACTION”.
Organized by the International Land Coalition (ILC), the forum is open to members and the public as well.
To register, visit http://www.globallandforum.org/
To respond to ILC’s extended call for membership, visit http://www.landcoalition.org/en/node/2424
Small scale family farmers face big challenges. They have to increase yields to produce more for society. But in so doing, they must provide nutritious food, increase their incomes, adapt to the changing climate, protect their ecosystem and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Small scale family farmers have a response to these challenges: sustainable, agro-ecological and inclusive approaches to agriculture and agro-based enterprises with them through their organizations.
This, in summary, was the key message delivered by AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia during a panel session on “Ensuring Global Food Security” held last January 23 on the occasion of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
In her intervention, Ms. Penunia outlined some features of sustainable agriculture:
-production technologies that improve and enhance the soil’s health, use organic materials and nutrients, promote biodiversity, reduce wastage and promote nutrient recycling, promote diversification and integration, build on local knowledge and wisdom and allow farmers to continuously innovate;
-marketing and distribution systems that are economically rewarding: fair and good price for their products, adequate access to finance, markets and information, increasing participation in processing their products; and,
-farmers are strongly organized into associations and cooperatives along geographical and commodity lines and they are empowered to engage governments, businesses in policy and program formulation and implementation as well as in managing their own organizations and enterprises.
To be inclusive, she emphasized that women and men farmers, through their organizations, should have significant participation in decision making processes of the businesses, including setting prices, contracts, and valuation of their labor and production costs, as well as appropriate sharing of risks and benefits
Panelists to the session included Mr. Ertharin Cousins, Executive Director of the UN’s World Food Program (WFP); Shenggen Fen, Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); David McLennan, President and CEO of Cargill USA; and Deputy President William Ruto of Kenya. The session was moderated by David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition.
The panelists agreed that food security policies for the future should focus on partnerships with the private sector, governments and farmers cooperatives and associations, with the latter being recognized as equal partners.
The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) supports the march of coconut farmers in the Philippines under the coalition “KILUS Magniniyog” in order to campaign for the establishment of a 71 billion-peso coconut farmers’ trust fund.
Composed of 10 national farmers’ federations in the Philippines, the coalition was formed on July 1-2, 2014 in order to aggregate and represent the interest of the coconut farmers who have suffered a grave injustice for several decades.
The march started on September 21, 2014 and will cover 1,750 kilometers over 71 days from Davao City south of the Philippines to the President’s office in Malacanang in Manila in the north.
The coco levy fund was collected from coconut farmers over a nine-year period (1973-1982) under the Marcos dictatorship, purportedly for the development of the coconut industry.
The coconut farmers, estimated at 3.5 million, are among the poorest in the country, earning only 18,000 thousand pesos per year, mostly as wages from farm work as many of them are landless.
AFA member PAKISAMA is one of the farmer organizations in the KILUS Magniniyog coalition and its farmer leaders are among those who are marching.
We call on our partners to support the farmers in their march for justice.
Solidarity statements can be sent to the coconut farmers through firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.
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