AFA, NLRF, KKM participate in PGPP workshop
Representatives from AFA and two of its member FOs participated in a workshop on Participatory Generation of Proposals and Positions (PGPP) organized by Agriterra in cooperation with the Nepal Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperative Union (NEFSCUN) in Kathmandu, Nepal last Dec 17-19, 2012.
The workshop was a follow-up on the outcome of the plans made by participants in the first PGPP workshop.
It allowed participants to share their experiences and results of their pilot test projects at the country level and to systematically apply key concepts and generate lessons learned from each participating organization.
AFA joined two of its members, Nepal Land Rights Forum (NLRF) and Kendrio Krishok Moitree (KKM) from Bangladesh, in in the workshop where they actively participated.
Each organization was given time to present the outcomes/results of their PGPP pilot projects supported by Agriterra.
For KKM, the target was to prepare a sound proposal to get recognition from the state for women as farmers through an “Agriculture Card”.
Consultations were held and documented, and the results were shared during a mass gathering in celebration of the World Food Day in October.
They were able to validate that there were other groups who have the same sentiment of supporting women farmers.
NLRF, on the other hand, focused their study on landlessness. They applied participatory research methods to address the question of how the records of the landless and tenants can be kept and managed in local agencies.
This was done through consultations with the landless themselves, who are members of NLRF, and other local stakeholders.
A social mapping activity, which facilitated in locating tenants/landless people in the community, was attended by different stakeholders including the tenants and landless farmers, who appreciated the process directly involving people in the community.
NEFSCUN and the Central Tea Cooperative Federation (CTCF) also presented the results of their PGPP proposals for pilot test.
AFA shared also the results of its pilot test project where the PGPP approach was used in the preparation of a proposal on “Influencing the Global Conference on Agriculture Research and Development (GCARD) Roadmap re: Farmers’ Research Agenda”.
The PGPP tool was appreciated by all participants for two reasons: (1) it helps in strengthening membership participation; and, (2) it helps systematize the process of generating information and getting recognitions of different stakeholders’ involved.
Moreover, PGPP is a useful tool for generating reports, consulting with members to gather information as aid for decision making, and conducting research and policy proposal.
(Report and photos from Vicky Serrato)