By Violeta P. Corral, Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA)
PAKISAMA participated at the 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty held on March 23–27, 2015 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. Organized by the Bank’s Development Economic Research Group (DECRG), the conference is a key global event which fosters dialogue and sharing of best practices among representatives from governments, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector on the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences that are being implemented in land sectors around the world. The theme for 2015 “Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity” highlights the effects of land tenure in the distribution of assets between men and women, generations, and social groups, and how patterns of land use will have far-reaching implications for welfare and other socioeconomic outcomes at household, community, or landscape level. PAKISAMA’s participation was made possible with travel support from the International Land Coalition (ILC). Continue reading Women’s Land Rights, Gender-Responsive Policies and the World Bank (Philippines)→
This paper was prepared for presentation at the “2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty” in Washington DC last March 23-27, 2015 by Violeta P. Corral of the National Confederation of Small Farmers and Fishers Organizations (PAKISAMA), Philippines.
The Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) project was jointly implemented by PAKISAMA and Asian Farmers Association (AFA), support by the International Land Coalition (ILC).
Under the project, land tools were assessed for their gender-responsiveness using the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) framework developed by the Global Land Tool Network of the UN-HABITAT.
The land tools selected were:
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL of 1988);
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER of 2009);
Magna Carta of Women (MCW of 2009);
and Guidelines Governing Gender Equality in the Implementation of Agrarian Reform Laws and Mainstreaming GAD in the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAO 01, Series of 2011).
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.
PAKISAMA president Ireneo Cerilla received a plaque of recognition as one of nine finalists for the First International Land Coalition (ILC) Award during the ILC Global Land Forum and Assembly of Members in Dakar, Senegal last May 12-16. The recognition was given for PAKISAMA’s entry entitled “Twenty years of non-violent protest to benefit from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program” which falls under ILC’s commitment to “Strong Small-Scale Farming Systems.” Continue reading PAKISAMA receives recognition as finalist for the First ILC Award→
The Agricultur Farmers Federation Myanmar (AFFM), an AFA member organization, will bring the voice of small farmers, women and landless workers representatives fighting against land grabbing, land confiscation, forced displacement, lack of rights and poverty to the MILAN EXPO 2015.
“Over 160 leaders from ASEAN governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations and farmers associations gathered at the Grow Asia Forum to set an agenda for this new regional multistakeholder partnership platform working to advance food security and sustainable, inclusive agricultural growth in ASEAN. Leaders committed to strengthening and scaling ongoing partnerships and launching new country partnerships, exchanged best practices, experiences and lessons from the region to develop innovative solutions, and jointly defined strategic priorities for the Grow Asia platform.” Continue reading Summary of the Grow Asia Forum 2015 at the World Economic Forum at East Asia→
Dakar, Senegal, 14 May 2015 — As focal point for the Land Matrix in Asia, AFA presented data on large scale land acquisitions in the region during the session organized by GIGA and ILC on May 13 at the 2015 Global Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
The data showed a high success rate of negotiations in foreign land deals in Asia, but a slower pace of implementation, and smaller area of contracted lands being put under actual production.
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
(VNFU’s Website) – This afternoon (4th February), in Hanoi, the First Vice Chairman of VNFU Mr.Nguyen Duy Luong met and worked with the delegation from Croplife Asia headed by Ms. Thelma L. Soriano – Executive Director. Representatives from Today Countryside Newspaper, Administration Deparment and International Cooperation Department attended the Meeting.
At the meeting, Ms. Thelma expressed her desire to cooperate with VNFU in the widespread implementation of projects on planting genetically modified crops in Vietnam. Through the results of successful tested models, the project will disseminate among farmers to help them understand about the benefits of genetically modified crops compared with traditional crops.
The CropLife also suggested VNFU attending the Asian Farmers’ Exchange Program which will be held in Philippines. This is an exchange program for farmers in Asia to visit and learn experience about genetically modified crops which have been successfully piloted in the Philippines.
Ending the meeting, the Union agree to take part in the exchange visits.
(VNFU website) 13th January 2015 in Hanoi, VNFU and Kume Hiryo Company (Japan) has signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in applied research, transfer of science and technology for agriculture, rural development.
Vice Chairman Lai Xuan Mon and Mr. Shimatani Keiji- General Director of Kume Hiryo Company signed a memorandum of understanding.
Attending the signing ceremony, from VNFU side, Chairman Nguyen Quoc Cuong, First Vice Chairman Nguyen Duy Luong, Vice Chairman Lai Xuan Mon, and leaders of departments; from Kume Hiryo side, Mr. Shimatani Keiji- General Director and representatives of the relevant departments.
Through the signing ceremony, VNFU and Kume Hyrio coordinated an activity program based on common interests in the field of agriculture, for the purpose of conducting research, transfer, applications of science and technology for agriculture, rural areas in Vietnam.
The two sides will establish collaborative relationships with related departments and agencies through applied research, short-term and long-term training, proposed research and transfer application of science and technology and agricultural extension services to promote eco-agriculture to increase agricultural production with international quality standards.
Giving the speech at the ceremony, Chairman of VNFU Nguyen Quoc Cuong emphasized: ” This is the first Collaborative project between VNFU and Japan. So hopefully the terms of the signed memorandum of understanding will be the basis for specifying the programs and plans for coordination between the two sides, and work together to turn ideas into reality to bring Vietnam agriculture closer to the advanced agriculture in the world.”
The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), in cooperation with Farmer and Nature Net (FNN), held a member-to-member cooperation and learning exchange visit last March 9-13, 2015 in Cambodia.
The visit was one of the activities under the project entitled “Advocacy for Increased Government Support for Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer-led Enterprises” funded by Agriterra.
Participants included Sidig Pamungkas, Manager of the Organic Rice Enterprise of APOLI (a local member organization of Aliansi Petani Indonesia or API in Central Java); Hasthanari Pamintasih, Finance staff of API and support staff/translator to farmer leaders’ representative; Sushma Neuphane, Youth woman entrepreneur and youth woman leader of National Land Rights Forum (NLRF); Jagat Deuja, Executive Director of Community Self-Reliance Center (CSRC); and, Victoria Serrato, Enterprise development and Marketing Officer of AFA. Continue reading AFA holds learning exchange visit in Cambodia→
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 body of farmer-leader Vicente “Ka Vic” Fabe has been brought to Manila to enable friends and colleagues in the farmers and social movement to pay their last respects. On March 6, 6:00 PM, a mass will be held at Santa Maria della Strada Parish Church, Pansol Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. On March 7, 6:00 PM, another mass will be held followed by a tribute. The body will be brought back his hometown in Quezon province on March 8. The last wake will be on March 9, while the burial is on March 10.