The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development will hold the event “Regional Sharing Workshop Building our Agenda for Farmers in Forested Landscapes” on August 2-3, 2015 in Yangon, Myanmar. The event will be hosted by its member, the Agriculture and Farmer Federation Myanmar (AFFM) with support from the FAO-Forest and Farm Facility (FFF). Continue reading AFA holds regional conference on forest and farms
ATTRACTING YOUTH TO AGRICULTURE IN ASIA
A Scoping Paper Prepared by
Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
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).
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
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.
AFFM representatives will speak at the CIVIL SOCIETY PAVILLION on May 29, 14:30 PM on the theme “Empowerment of small farmers, landless workers and women for an integrated, sustainable rural development, peace and democracy”.
Continue reading AFFM brings voice of Myanmar farmers to MILAN EXPO 2015
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released a summary report of the Grow Asia Forum 2015 at the World Economic Forum at East Asia held on 19 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. which the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) participated in.
“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.
The data also showed patterns in former use of land and the intentions of investment on land, where mainly agricultural lands are being acquired for food, non-food commodities, unspecified agriculture produce and biofuels.
Continue reading AFA presents data on large scale land acquisitions in Asia at the 2015 Global Land Forum
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.
By Thai Ha – Translator: Mai Huong
(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.”
By Mai Anh – Translator: Quynh Hoa
SOURCE: VNFU Website