Category Archives: Issue: Farmer’s Empowerment and Solidarity

Proceedings of the Regional Consultation Workshop on Farmers’ Situation: Responding to Major Difficulties Faced by Farmers in Asia

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SEAMEO INNOTECH Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Hosted by PAKISAMA and PhilDHRRA in cooperation with AFA and AsiaDHRRA
June 12-15, 2007

Day One: June 12, 2007

1. PRELIMINARIES/OPENING CEREMONY, OBJECTIVE SETTING AND FLOW OF PROGRAM

Ms. Esther Penunia, secretary general of AFA, opened the morning session by acknowledging the presence of AFA members from Taiwan (chopstick group), Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong sub-region), Indonesia and the Philippines (island group). This was followed by multicultural and multilingual prayers led by Ka Crispin Aguelo of PAKISAMA (Philippines) and Mrs. Zaenab of API (Indonesia). June 12 marked the 109th anniversary of Philippine independence from the Spaniards. To commemorate this, the participants were led by Esther and Ka Rene Peñas, who waved the Philippine flag, in singing the national anthem, Lupang Hinirang.

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Proceedings of the Field Visit to Antipolo, Rizal

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June 14, 2007

Overview

The participants traveled by bus (and then climbed uphill) to Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal. The area is a 58- hectare of hilly agricultural land located in Sitio Nagpatong. The land is owned by 42 farmers belonging to the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Bundok ng Antipolo (SAMBA) or the Association of Farmers in the Mountain of Antipolo, a member organization of PAKISAMA. Antipolo is famous for its historical, cultural and natural sites such as the Hinulugang Taktak Falls, Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine, festivals, resorts, and a view of the city from its hills.

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Proceedings of Forum Dialogue:”Updates on WTO, ASEAN Charter and EU-ASEAN FTA”

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A Forum-Dialogue with Philippine Officials on WTO and ASEAN Matters
June 13, 2007, 1:00-6:00 PM
SEAMEO INNOTECH Center, Commonwealth Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Background of the Forum

Soc as the moderator of the afternoon’s forum-dialogue welcomed the participants to the event. This was then followed with a round of introductions from participating organizations such as local NGOs, AFA members, and regional organizations (RWAN, AsiaDHRRA, CODE-NGO, KAMMPIL, IDEALS, Inc., 11.11.11., AFA members, FFTC, Focus, Tambuyog Development Center, SEAFISH-J, etc.). Ka Rene Cerilla formally gave an opening remark and Khun Paew provided the forum’s objective and what to expect from the panelist.

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Philippine farmers demand reform and extension of agrarian reform program, Asian farmers join rally in solidarity with their struggle

13 June 2007

01 farmers demand reform and extention of agrarian reform lawQuezon City, Philippines – Tearing down makeshift walls of a police detachment that is being built in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) compound, farmers shouted their demand for the reform and extension of the Philippine’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), which is due to end in June next year, amid criticisms of the government’s failure to implement it.
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AFA has new Vice-Chairperson

The AFA Execom elected a new Vice-Chairperson last June 15, 2007 during its 19th Execom Meeting at held at the Partnership Center in Quezon City, Philippines.

Mr. Prawit Pancharoen, newly elected Chairperson of SorKorPor, succeeded Ms. Sudaporn Sittisathapornkul as Vice-Chairperson after the latter finished her term.

In simple ceremonies at the end of the meeting, a plaque of recognition was presented by Chairperson Seo to Ms. Sittisathapornkul for her dedication to AFA as former Vice-Chairperson.

AFA accepts Taiwan Dairy Farmers’ Association as new member

The Taiwan Dairy Farmers’ Association (TDFA) became the newest member of AFA after the Execom decided to accept its application during the 19th AFA Execom Meeting held at the Partnership Center in Quezon City, Philippines last June 15, 2007.

Mr. Tsung-Chi Huang (Charles), Secretary General of TDFA, attended was invited to the Execom meeting for the formal acceptance of the association’s membership application.

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AFA sets up own secretariat office

The Executive Committee of AFA decided to put up its own secretariat office in Manila last July 23, 2007.

The decision marked the end of a process of autonomy which began in 2002, facilitated by its NGO partner and catalyst, AsiaDHRRA. It signalled the readiness of AFA leaders to take on bigger responsibilities in organizational management, international advocacy and solidarity work. AsiaDHRRA performed secretariat services to AFA until June 2006.

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Asian farmers to find ways to respond to their difficulties

In order to understand better the situation of farmers in their respective Asian countries and develop concrete ways to respond to them, farmers belonging to the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) will gather for the “Regional Consultation Workshop on Farmers’ Situation: Responding to Major Difficulties Faced by Farmers in Asia” on June 12-15, 2007 at the SEAMEO INNOTECH Center in Commonwealth Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.
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AFA participates in World Social Forum 2007

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/192/493508551_852eb9c5ec_m.jpgThe 7th World Social Forum was held on January 20-26, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. It was attended by AFA through the representation of Esther Penunia, Secretary General.

Through its participation in the forum, AFA was able to establish and strengthen contacts with farmers’ organizations in Africa and Latin America as well as with NGOs working with farmers’ issues at the regional and international levels. It was also able to share its efforts and perspectives with various contacts and various fora.
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Farmers hail installation in Hacienda Velez-Malaga, say it was a victory for all defenders of land right

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PRESS RELEASE
March 22, 2007
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After 10 years of struggle and a series of failed promises, the 122 farmer-beneficiaries of the contentious Hacienda Velez-Malaga in Barangay Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental were finally installed in the land awarded to them five years ago under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
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Negros farmers get land, finally

By TJ Burgonio, Carla Gomez
www.inquirer.net | Last updated 06:33am (Mla time) 03/23/2007

MANILA, Philippines — After 11 years of waging battle in the courtroom and on the streets, 57 of the 122 farmer-beneficiaries of a sugarcane plantation in Negros Occidental subjected to land reform were finally installed Thursday in a portion of the area in the face of stiff resistance by another group of farmers.
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Solidarity Message for KAFF’s 10th National Advanced Farmers’ Meeting

Dear Chairman Seo, officers and members of KAFF,Warm greetings to everyone!

We congratulate the officers of KAFF for organizing the tenth National Advanced Farmers’ Meeting. We cheer with the thousands of KAFF members and their families who are gathered here together for days of togetherness, fun and laughter, solidarity and also exchange of learning.

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PAKISAMA concludes unity congress

http://static.flickr.com/80/209948900_a11a8f49b9_m.jpgThe National Confederation of Peasant Organizations (Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka – PAKISAMA), an AFA member organization in the Philippines, successfully conducted a UNITY CONGRESS last July 1-2, 2006 at SEAMEO-INNOTECH, Diliman, Quezon City. The Unity Congress was officiated by the Solidarity Committee headed by Fr. Noel Vasquez, S.J. The Solidarity Committee was tasked by the Regional Trial Court to convene and facilitate the PAKISAMA Unity Congress following the Constitutional Framework of PAKISAMA.
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AFA, AsiaDHRRA gives Solidarity Statement to Recent Flood and Quake Victims

May 30, 2006

Last week, two calamities struck the villages in two Southeast Asian countries. In Thailand, a great flood occured in the northern part, affecting many farmers, some of whom are members of Sor Kor Por, an AFA member. In Yogyakarta, Indonesia, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck, killing 6,200 people, injuring and displacing a hundred thousand others. For Indonesians, it is the third major catastrophe in only 1.5 years!
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FNN (Cambodia) to convene 3rd General Assembly

FNN will hold its 3rd General Assembly on 3-4 December 2005 in Prey veng Province, Cambodia

The objectives of this event are:

1. To share experienses and progress of farmer association
2. To spread the FNN statute among the member and observers
3. To discuss and approve internal regulations; activities, plan and budget of FNN for 2006

Below are pictures from the 2nd General Assembly held last year in Kompong Chan Province

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Election of Officers and the elected Officers of FNN for 2004

The Green Revolution

Here’s an interesting article that i found while reading about Eid il Fitr in the maranao website here. It was written by a moro brother farming in mindanao.

by Sunny Rasheed Lucman Pacasum

moro farmerI have embarked on a new personal journey as a farmer. I am passionate in my conviction that the only way to give Muslim Mindanao a fighting chance is through agriculture. I want to be one of those who try to take into effect small but effective ripples of positive perceptions about our homeland, especially now that our land is getting smaller everyday. I believe that we should develop our agricultural industry in Mindanao. I’m convinced that agriculture has the greatest potential to increase its productivity. since our Muslim farmers are blessed with typhoon free production areas and can be globally competitive. Our farmers can even plant and harvest all year round.

I myself had first hand experience in farming when I visited our land in Sultan Gummander. I remember my mom would always ask me to check on our land when I would have a free time. My parents would never lecture me by letting me just sit down and blab on and on about what life is like and what values I should possess. They have been good examples to me for they have taught me to do what I need to do to be better than others.

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AFA participates in natural farming convention and training

AFA representatives from PAKISAMA (Ka Vic Fabe) and SorKorPor (Khun Wikit), together with the AFA Project Officer for Operations (Jun Virola) and other representatives from SorKorPor (including its Secretary General Chaiwat Suravichai) attended the convention and training on Natural Farming in Jeju, South Korea last November 4-15, 2007.

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