July 9th, 2014
Together with other civil society and farmers’ groups, AFA has raised concerns about the proposed Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.
CSOs maintain that without environmental criteria, social safeguards, accountability to democratic processes, or clarity about governance, the Alliance risks undermining the very aims it says it hopes to achieve.
An Open Letter signed by over 60 organisations, has been sent to the interim secretariat of the Alliance in advance of the meeting at The Hague this week, in the hope of contributing to constructive discussions and efforts to address these concerns. Read the rest of this entry »
June 23rd, 2014
The Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) held its 6th General Assembly (GA) last May 6-9, 2014 at Hotel Santika, Bali, Indonesia with the theme “Seizing the Momentum to Get Concrete Gains for Small Scale Farmers this IYFF.”
The GA was hosted by Aliansi Petani Indonesia (API), with support from Agriterra, Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and the International Land Coalition (ILC). It was attended by 30 men and 10 women, from 17 national farmer organizations in 13 countries, as well as partners and supporters from Agriterra, Collectif Stratégies Alimentaires (CSA), AsiaDHRRA, World Rural Forum (WRF), Food and Agriculture Organization Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP), Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (APAARI), Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), International Land Coalition (ILC) Asia and Konsorsium Pembaruan Agraria (KPA). Read the rest of this entry »
June 4th, 2014
Majority of the world’s family farmers are in Asia, and they are also the majority of the world’s poorest. Asia is also home to many successful farmer-led agriculture innovations. The IYFF is an opportunity to highlight the situation and initiatives of small scale farmers in Asia as well as to strengthen engagement with policy makers in enacting favorable policies for family farmers.
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May 9th, 2014
PROCEEDINGS 6th AFA GA Regional Consultations: “Seizing the Momentum to Get Concrete Gains for Small Scale Farmers this IYFF”
May 6-8, 2014
Hotel Santika Bali, Indonesia
Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
Aliansi Petani Indonesia (API)
Global Agricultural Food Security Program (GAFSP)
International Land Coalition (ILC)
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March 28th, 2014
CIVIL society organizations (CSOs) will meet at the Partnership Center in Quezon City on Monday (April 1, 2014) to highlight the calendar of activities and set a jubilant mood leading to the global closing event of International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in the Philippines.
In his opening statement at the 32nd Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 10 to 14 March 2014, FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva announced that the global closing event of the IYFF 2014 will be held in the Philippines.
“This is in recognition of the lead role of Philippine government and CSOs in the IYFF campaign. We are happy with this confirmation,” said Marlene Destreza Ramirez, secretary general of AsiaDHRRA. “We urge our Philippine and regional partners to make full use of the year and the closing event to drumbeat the issues of smallholders and smallscale food producers.” Read the rest of this entry »
March 21st, 2014
Left – Right) AFA’s Secretary General Ms. Esther Penunia and Policy Advocacy Officer Ms. Maria Elena Rebagay; and SEARCA’s Acting Program Head for Research and Development Dr Bessie M. Burgos, Program Specialist Ms. Carmen Nyhria G. Rogel, and ARD2014 Program Associate Ms. Junette Dawn Baculfo
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Asian Farmer’s Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) met on 21 March 2014 to discuss AFA’s participation in the 2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014).
The meeting was attended by Ms. Esther Penunia, AFA Secretary General and the International Year of Family Farming Special Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific; Ms. Maria Elena Rebagay, AFA Policy Advocacy Officer; and SEARCA’s Acting Program Head for Research and Development Dr. Bessie Burgos, Progam Specialist Ms. Carmen Nyhria Rogel, and ARD2014 staff Ms. Junette Dawn Baculfo. Read the rest of this entry »
March 11th, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the 239 passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which lost contact last March 8 two hours after departing from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.
Among its passengers is a colleague in the social movement, Chandrika Sharma, executive secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fish Workers, based in Chennai, India.
An expert in fisheries sector and issues related to fishers, Ms. Sharma, a resident of Velachery, was heading to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to attend a regional conference for Asia and the Pacific hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
March 6th, 2014
Training manuals on business and marketing for agriculture
Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development
The CRS guides listed below explain how to help farmers strengthen five skill sets to successfully engage with markets. The documents are in their first year of beta testing.
The five skill sets are:
- organizing democratically for collective decision-making;
- managing savings and lending to protect key assets, smooth consumption and encourage investment;
- selecting, establishing and growing an enterprise;
- managing natural resources for sustainable agricultural production;
- and managing knowledge to innovate and maintain competitiveness in a changing market.
The guides were created through the support of 130 practitioners from 19 organizations and 12 countries. The manuals have been prepared for use by development facilitators, field extension agents and community leaders working with poor rural communities.
This manual describes the multiple-skills approach and how to use it in rural development projects. It is made up of six sections:
- Using a skills-based approach
- A closer look at the five skills
- Organizing the team
- Working with the community
- Ensuring sustainability
- Building a training plan
This manual describes the skills farmers need to successfully organize themselves in groups. It also explains how to manage a farmer group. The manual contains four sections:
- Working with groups
- Organizing and managing a group
- Planning and implementing activities
- Communicating and networking
This manual describes a robust methodology for establishing savings and lending communities. This guide is made up of five sections:
- Introduction to the Field Agent Guide
- Review of the SILC methodology
- SILC implementation manual
- Record keeping structure
- Field Agent Monitoring Forms
This manual describes the theory and concepts of natural resource management. The document contains 10 lessons and includes the following concepts:
- The importance of NRM
- The water cycle
- Watersheds and watershed management
- Soils and soil fertility
- Plant health
- Sustainable systems
This manual describes a process for designing and implementing an NRM plan. It includes seven lessons:
- Engaging the community
- Understanding the community context
- Identifying and engaging stakeholders
- Mapping natural resource problems and opportunities
- Making an NRM plan
- Managing an NRM project
- Monitoring progress
This manual describes the theory and concepts of marketing and agroenterprise development. The document contains 10 lessons:
- What is agricultural marketing?
- Supply and demand
- Costs, income, prices and profit
- Types of markets
- Changes in markets
- The value chain
- Developing marketing strategies
- The four Ps of marketing
- Entrepreneurial spirit
This manual describes a process for designing and implementing an agroenterprise business plan and assessing market performance. The document gives seven steps you can follow to help farmers develop their agroenterprises:
- Getting organized
- Identify products and organizing groups
- Collecting information for the business plan
- Building a business plan
- Marketing as a group
- Reviewing agroenterprise performance
- Scaling up
This manual takes you through the steps that a group of farmers undertake during a process of innovation. It includes the skills and knowledge you will need in order to lead a group of farmers through that process. The manual is made up of seven lessons:
- Introduction to innovations
- Identifying and understanding problems
- Exploring possible solutions
- Designing experiments
- Analyzing and evaluating the results
- Applying findings and sharing knowledge
Financial Education curriculum
This 11-lesson financial education curriculum has two main purposes:
- To provide trainers with the tools to teach groups about financial management.
- To help group members improve their financial and money management skills.
The curriculum is appropriate for development facilitators, field agents and SILC private service providers.
February 22nd, 2014
[AFA Chairperson Uon Sophal intervenes from the floor during the 5th session of the Farmers’ Forum]
More than 90 leaders of national and regional organizations representing hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers, fishers, pastoralists and rural producers globally, gathered at the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the Fifth Global Meeting of the Farmers’ Forum on February 17-20, in conjunction with the 37th session of IFAD’s Governing Council held on February 19-20. Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2014
AFA co-organized the First MTCP2 Southeast Asia plus China Sub-regional Steering Committee (SRSC) meeting (11-12 February 2014, Pasig City, Philippines) with La Via Campesina as Sub-Regional Implementing Agencies (SRIAs) of MTCP2. Among the objectives of the meeting were: (1) to provide opportunities for representatives from each countries to share their Annual workplan and budget; (2) to identify common training needs, research agenda as well as regional policy agenda for SEA+China; and (3) to identify joint key actions at the sub-regional level for the year in the context of the celebration of the International year of family farming. (See Annex: MTCP2 SEA+China sub-regional steering committee to meet in Manila)
February 6th, 2014
The first Southeast Asia plus China Sub-regional Steering Committee (SRSC) will be held on February 11-12, 2014 at the 6th Floor Opal Conference Room, Millenia Suites, 8001 Saint Jose Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »
February 6th, 2014
In a meeting held on January 22 at Laos Women’s Training Center, Vientianne, farmer organizations in Laos selected from among them the National Implementing Agency (NIA) and identified the composition of the National Steering committee (NSC) for the implementation of the Medium Term Cooperation Project Phase 2 (MTCP2) in the country. The NIA, guided by the NSC, will anchor the implementation of MTCP2. Read the rest of this entry »
February 5th, 2014
In behalf of the consortium of the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC), which has been chosen as Sub-Regional Implementing Agency (SRIA) for the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase 2 (MTCP2) in Southeast Asia and China, Esther Penunia and Lany Rebagay anchored a three-day start-up mission in Myanmar in order to raise awareness of key stakeholders regarding MTCP2 and firm up the project implementation mechanism in the country. Read the rest of this entry »
February 3rd, 2014
Farmer organizations participating in MTCP2 in India met last January 29, 2014 in Guwahati, Assam (with some joining via Skype) in order to reconstitute the national programme oversight board and to include more farmer organizations and new farming sectors.
Sharda Kant from Rajasthan, Anita Parmar from Gujarat, Sevika Basumatry from Assam, Pity from Meghalaya, Maheshwari Devi and Bhaktidevi from Uttarakhand, continue to be part of the board. Each state would like to add new member to the board,e specially from the sector of animal husbandry. These names would be submitted to SEWA by January 15, 2014.
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January 30th, 2014
Farmer organizations in Bangladesh gathered last January 17, 2014 at the Coast Trust in Dhaka for an orientation on the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase 2 that will be implemented in the country as well as other countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific.
Twenty participants, four of which were females, representing nine national farmer organizations in Bangladesh, attended the orientation.
The participating organizations were Bangladesh Adibasi Somity (BAS), Bangladesh Krishak Federation (BKF), Bangladesh Krishak Federation (BKF-JI), Biplobi Jubo Sobha (BJS), Bangladesh kishani Sobha (BKS), Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity (BBS), Bangladesh agricultural Farm Labour Federation, Labor Resource Centrer (LRC), and COAST Trust.
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January 29th, 2014
During the meeting, it was announced that the FAO DG has nominated Ms. Esther Penunia from the Philippines, Secretary-General of AFA, as IYFF Special Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. Her official appointment will be done during the opening session of the GFEFF in Budapest. (Download: ISC Minutes Meeting 28 January 2014-FINAL)
January 28th, 2014
Pattaya, Thailand — In a meeting convened by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Thailand today, the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), through its representative Policy Advocacy Officer Ma. Elena Rebagay, emphasized the role of small holder farmers in the vision for the regional rice sector 2030.
The vision is contained in the draft regional rice strategy document, entitled “Rice Strategy for Sustainable Food Security in Asia and the Pacific Region,” which was discussed during the “Consultative Meeting on Rice Strategy for Asia and the Pacific” held in Pattaya, Thailand.
The meeting, which was joined by senior agriculture officers from around 12 countries in Southeast, East Asia and South Asia, hoped to gather comments/inputs to the second draft of the rice strategy paper that will be presented to the 32nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Mongolia. Read the rest of this entry »
January 23rd, 2014
AFA attended the meeting which was organised by the World Rural Forum and supported by Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development and Agriterra. Farmers leaders coming from five continents met to agree on global claims needed to strengthen Family Farming worldwide. Thirty leaders of farmers’ organisations sought consensus on their main demands, which was to be transmitted to society and decision makers during the IYFF 2014. The event is one of the first activities held by CSOs attached to IYFF 2014 since its official launch in November 2013 in New York. PAKISAMA National Coordinator Raul Socrates Banzuela attended the meeting in behalf of AFA. (See Annex: Worldwide farmer leaders meet at Abu Dhabi sustainability week to agree to global demands to boost family farming)
January 22nd, 2014
(PAKISAMA National Coordinator Raul Socrates Banzuela is attending this meeting in behalf of AFA.)
IYFF-2014: WORLDWIDE FARMERS LEADERS MEET DURING ABU DHABI SUSTAINABILITY WEEK IN ORDER TO AGREE GLOBAL DEMANDS TO BOOST FAMILY FARMING
· Participants seek global consensus on the major claims that Civil Society Organizations will transmit to decision makers during the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014.
· Family Farming, which provides 70% of the food consumed in the world and guarantees sustainable management of natural resources, requires a more determined support in most countries.
· This Women and Men Farmers Leaders’ meeting on the IYFF-2014 will take place on January 21-22, organised by the World Rural Forum and supported by Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development and Agriterra.
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