AFA co-convenes 7th ACBF in Manila

AFA co-convenes 7th ACBF in Manila

More than 200 cooperative leaders and members, farmers’ and fishers’ organizations, development partners, government representatives, and civil society organizations from ASEAN member states convened in Manila, Philippines on 15-18 January 2018 for the 7th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum (ACBF).

This year’s ACBF centers on coop-to-coop partnership with family farmers to advance prosperity for all. During the three-day event, the delegates participated in workshops and knowledge sharing and listened to presentations from various cooperatives and organizations to expand their knowledge and boost their capacity in agricultural enterprising. The event also provided a venue for the participants to further their networks and link with other local and international cooperatives to expand their businesses.

Various products of cooperatives from ASEAN member states were also showcased during the 7th ACBF, highlighting various organic products from the Philippines.

At the end of the forum, the participants read, in unison the 7th ACBF declaration which states their vision of having a fair and just society where small scale men and women farmers and their families are free from hunger and poverty, are happy and in good health, and live in peace and prosperity as well their commitments to pursue coop to coop partnerships and an enabling environment for agricultural cooperatives to thrive and prosper in the region. 

This was the second year that the Philippines has hosted the ACBF. The 6th ACBF on December 2016 also gave way to positive outcomes including a declaration of the cooperatives.

This year’s ACBF is organized by the Cooperative Development Authority of the Philippines (CDA) and co-organized by the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), ASEAN Foundation and ASEAN Farmers’ Organization Support Program (AFOSP), MTCP2 Programme, Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC), ACDI Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ACDI MPC), Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative (FPSDC), CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative, Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives (NSCC), AFP Finance Center Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bukidnon Pharmaceutical Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BUPHARCO), Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (CISP), Mindanao Consolidated Cooperative Bank (MCCB), Tagum Cooperative, NATCCO Network, Oro Integrated Cooperative, First Community Cooperative (FICCO), Sacred Heart Savings Cooperative, San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SIDCC), and with funding support from the European Union, International Fund for Agriculture Development, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

 

7TH ACBF STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Download the 7th ACBF Statement of Commitment

 

7th ACBF SOUVENIR PROGRAMME

Download the 7th ACBF Programme

OPENING MESSAGE OF AFA SEC GEN ESTHER PENUNIA

 

PROSPERITY FOR ALL: 7TH ACBF PRESS RELEASE

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COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS

REGIONAL SHARING

 

VIEW PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF THE 7TH ACBF HERE

 

READ TWEETS ON THE 7th ACBF



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