Ryan Jay Galang

The Effects of COVID-19 on Food Systems and Farmers’ Land Rights

On the first day of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High-Level Special Event on Strengthening Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition last October 13, 2020, their Partners Event titled “Building Back Better: Confronting the Impact of COVID-19 on Land Tenure, Food Security and Nutrition” invited panelists from different sectors to provide varying perspectives on land rights and food systems. One of the panelists for this Partners Event

ComDev Asia presents Communication Campaign Packages for Resilient Family Farming in Asia Pacific

ComDev Asia (CDA) has successfully presented the communication and multimedia information packages for resilient family farming during a live webinar last Oct. 8. The webinar was attended by CDA steering committee members, FAO communication officers, farmers’ organizations, and community radio stations in the Asia Pacific region. The presentation of the communication packages is part of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) campaign for Asia that highlights the role of

Empowered Community Radios For Healthy Communities in Indonesia

Can community radios really contribute in building healthy communities? According to Ibrahim (2018), it is possible but only if the community radio is empowered and health communication perspective with local culture basis are important agenda. The author centered his observations on the three radio stations in the Pantura region in Indonesia namely: Arya FM; QLan FM; and NHfm. The study revealed that community radios provided the needed space for community members

Family Farmers Seen as Solution Providers in Food Systems Transformation

When asked how farmers can be empowered in co-shaping an agenda in food systems transformation, AFA Secretary-General Esther Penunia emphasized that family farmers should be seen not as victims but as “solution providers.” This was during the opening session for Galvanizing Game-Changers for the Future of Food last September 23, 2020, where AFA served as a panelist. The said session was part of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) fourth Sustainable

Sustaining Family Farming in Asia through Inclusive, Farmer-driven Approaches

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) invites everyone to join the webinar entitled, “Sustaining Family Farming in Asia through Inclusive, Farmer-driven Approaches” on October 6-7, 2020 via Zoom. AFA, together with the International Land Coalition (ILC), and the People’s Campaign for Agrarian Reform Network (AR Now!) are convening this regional event. This event is supported by SEI Asia’s Strategic Collaborative Fund, which aims to foster regional cooperation

Asia-Pacific countries pledged bold and innovative action for food security and livelihoods

This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Innovation, solidarity, coherence and strong partnership among and within countries of Asia and the Pacific are required for the region to rebound from the damage caused by COVID-19 and the ongoing effects of chronic undernourishment. That was a call made by more than 40 member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

AFA Participates at the FAO 35th Asia Pacific Regional Conference (APRC)

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) participates in the FAO 35th Asia Pacific Regional Conference (APRC) happening virtually on 1-4 September 2020. AFA, along with 26 other regional and national CSOs in the Asia-Pacific, represents the civil society organizations in this conference. On the first day of the event, AFA Secretary-General Esther Penunia delivered the CSO statement, highlighting CSOs key messages on food systems, water for agriculture,

35th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35) goes ONLINE

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) holds the 35th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35) on 1-4 September 2020. APRC 35 will be a forum to discuss current country and regional priorities and pressing issues in the region such as the impact of COVID-19, the state of agriculture, natural resources management, food security and nutrition. It will also be an opportunity to highlight