IYFF+3-KLMPE: Moving Towards Inclusive Rural Transformation

IYFF+3-KLMPE: Moving Towards Inclusive Rural Transformation

Around 250 Filipino farmers and fisher’s organizations, Philippine government, civil society organizations, development partners and farmer an fisher’s organizations from ASEAN member countries will gather on 27-28 November 2017 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila to celebrate the fourth year of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) through a Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement (KLMPE).

In support to the decade-long campaign to promote family farming, the 2017 KLMPE will be a venue for farmer and fisher organizations, the government, CSOs and development partners to share their success stories, good practices, initiatives and innovations, and discuss current issues, policies and programs that promote family farming and inclusive rural transformation. For the first time, the event will include participants from ASEAN members and Asian countries who will also present their cases.

With the theme “Moving Towards Inclusive Rural Transformation”, the IYFF+3-KLMPE aims to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based on farming families, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families.

The KLMPE is a multi-stakeholder platform managed by a technical working group composed of representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), ASEAN Farmers’ Organisations’ Support Programme (AFOSP)-The Medium Term Cooperation Programme Phase II (MTCP2), Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA), Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA), Trias, and We Effect.

Rationale

In 2014, Philippines concelebrated the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aiming to stimulate active policies for sutainable development of agricultural systems based on farming families, indigenous groups, cooperatives, and fishing families. The conference gathered 370 leaders and representatives of farmer organizations, NGOs, academe and government agencies and has generated ten policy papers grouped in five key themes–asset reform, climate change and resiliency, governance, young farmers, and enterprise development or what is known as the Quezon City Declaration.

The global celebration of International Year of Family Farming in 2014 achieved remarkable results that world farmer leaders from five continents, along with rural associations, research centers, World Consultative members, IYFF 2014 National Committees and other stakeholders agreed as stated in the Manifesto of Brasilia that the global campaign for family farming be extended for ten more years–thus the IYFF +10.

In support to the decade long campaign in favor of family farming, the Philippines organized a forum last year with a theme IYFF +1 Partnership for Food Security, Nutrition, and Climate Resiliency: Increasing Farmers Market Power. The conference focused on three interrelated topics–sustainable agriculture and climate resiliency, institutional purchase and farmers/fishers market and building agri-cooperatives.

This year, as we celebrate the second year of our campaign to support family farming to effectively combat poverty and hunger and to address rural development issues, we will be gathering around 300 leaders from the farmers and fisher organizations, civil society, government agencies, development partners, and other stakeholders to share their good practices, initiatives and innovations, and review and discuss current issues, policies and programs that promote family farming.

Objectives

  1. Generate progress updates, review current challenges and opportunities on 2015 IYFF+1 Action Agenda;
  2. Explore possible opportunities for programs and policies focusing on smallholder/family farmers under the new administration;
  3. Agree on action points for 2017 that would advance the institutionalization of smallholder/family farming platform Technical Working Group; and
  4. Draft and adopt strategic thrusts for Smallholder/Family Farming platform.

Features

1. Interactive Learning Exhibits and Sessions will showcase knowledge products and processes related to family farming from IFAD, DA, DAR, and CSO supported programmers and projects. At the center of the exhibit area will be mini-sessions where exhibitors will have scheduled presentations of their knowledge products and processes.

2. Learning/Breakout Sessions will focus on good/best practices, issues, opportunities, challenges, and trends that affect family farmers. Sessions will include concepts and cases that would showcase good and innovative practices in rural development. Topics are as follows:

  • Sustainable agriculture for food security and nutrition

i. Seeds, Food Security and Market Integration

ii. Dairy, Food Security and Nutrition

iii. Young Farmers Sustainable Agriculture Extension

  • Market Empowerment

i. Coffee Enterprise Case

ii. Coconut Enterprise Case

iii. Pineapple Enterprise Case

iv. Fishery Enterprise Case

  • Resource Tenure (Land, Water, Forestry)

i. Collective CLOA and Individual Tillage

ii. Municipal Water Delineation

iii. IPRA Implementation (ADSDPP/CADT)

3. KLM-PE Action Points will be presented by the CSOs and FOs coming from the progress updates and lessons learned of day 1 workshops to the government representatives and other development partners for possible policy and programme engagements.

4. Government Thrusts and Programmes for Smallholder/Family Farmers. The Office of the Vice President, Cabinet Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry will present their thrusts and programmes for 2017-2021 that will support smallholder/family farming.

5. KLM-PE Strategic Thrusts. To close the two-day event, a strategic thrust for smallholder/family farming for 2017-2021 will be drafted by and presented to FOs, CSOs government agencies and donor partners.

National Cases

Agri-Governance

  • The Chokolate de San Isidro Social Enterprise
  • The Sweet Story of SAPANG MPC
  • Making Cooperatives More Responsive to Farmers: The PFFAFFCF Model

Asset Reforms

  • The Kalahan Reserve
  • Co-Management of the Ambao Fish Sanctuary
  • Coconut Farmers Trust Fund: Coco Levy Assets to Benefit the Poor

Climate Resiliency

  • ISLACO: Building Better Farms for the Future
  • GAP and LEISA Practice in Pineapple Industry
  • Family Farming Approach: A Good Farming Practice

Market Power

  • Improving Lives through Partnerships: The Brgy Fabrica Experience
  • LinkSFarM: Discovering the Value of Shelled Peanuts
  • Enhancing Market Power: The NMFDC Model

Youth & Gender

  • Rural Women Farmers in Sitio Maledda
  • MYFS: Hand in Hand in Building Resilience
  • Gender Mainstreaming: The Experience of Tri-People Program on Food Sovereignty & Peacebuilding

Regional Cases

  • INDONESIA: Coastal Community Development Project (CCDP)
  • PHILIPPINES: FAO’s Agricultural Strategies in the Philippines
  • PHILIPPINES: Impact Assessment of Irrigated Rice Production Enhancement Project (IRPEP)

Joint Farmers Organization and NGO Declaration on International Year of Family Farming (The Quezon City Declaration)

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