Ryan Jay Galang

UN Decade of Family Farming: Progress Made in the Asia & Pacific Region

In Asia Pacific Region, three countries have approved their Family Farming NAP as part of the UNDFF: Indonesia, Nepal and The Philippines. Furthermore, starting from 2021, Bangladesh has also been taken significant steps towards the development of the NAP, whereas in India, Laos, Cambodia and Japan progress is being made in mobilising actors to implement the UNDFF at the national level. From a regional standpoint, the South Asian Association for

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Women Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition: Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest

In celebration of the International Women’s Day last March 8, the consortium Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC) invites female members of the farmers’ organizations under the Asia-Pacific Farmers Program (APFP) and Farmers Organizations for Asia (FO4A) to join the “Women Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition: Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest”. In this cooking contest, the challenge is to prepare native dishes that will

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Asia–Pacific region’s vulnerability to COVID-19 pandemic speeds up adoption of digital tech in agrifood systems

Agrifood systems in the Asia-Pacific region have been particularly vulnerable to shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, quickening the adoption of digital technologies, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said. Qu was speaking in a special event entitled “Innovation, Science and Digitalization: Transforming agrifood systems in Asia and the Pacific region” at FAO’s 36th Asia Pacific Regional Conference. He said the systems

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Abundance in sustainability: Dante and Aming’s journey in Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System

Here’s an inspiring story of Dante and Aming Pajaron, family farmers from Valencia, Bukidnon, Philippines who were able strive and thrive amid pandemic through Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System (IDOFS). Also called “low-cost farming”, IDOFS is a farming approach that promotes the shift from monoculture production systems into “sustainable and self-reliant small-scale farming” methods. Before venturing into IDOFS, Dante and Aming only focused on organic rice farming and a few livestocks. Now,

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Regional Consultation Meeting For Sustainable Systems on March 29-30

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (FAO RAP), together with its partners in the region, will hold a consultation meeting on promoting healthy, sustainable, and inclusive foods systems in response to COVID-19 in South Asia on Mar 29-30  (10:30AM Dhaka Time). It serves as a follow up of Food Systems Summit last year and intends to support food systems transformation actions to resolve huger and reducing diet-related diseases problems amid pandemic

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Cycle of exchanges: Rural Women and Cooperativism on March 24

The World Rural Forum, together with six participating member organizations, will organise the first seminar of the series Rural Women and Cooperativism on 24 March, 8PM (GMT+8 Philippine Time). Three experiences of women’s farming groups or cooperatives in Africa, South America and Asia will be presented. The Rural Women and Cooperativism virtual exchange cycle aims to promote the catalytic role of association and cooperativism in the economic empowerment and resilience

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Launching of Support to Farmers Organizations for Asia on March 16

The Asian Farmers Association (AFA) cordially invites everyone to join the launching of the “Support to Farmers Organizations for Asia (FO4A)”. This program is co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU) for the farmers’ organizations in Asia. This virtual event will take place via Zoom on 16 March 2022 | 17:00 GMT+8 (Manila time).  FO4A aims to increase income and to improve livelihood, food and

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Conclusions of the Global Conference: Family Farming at the Core of Sustainable Food Systems

In 2021, the World Rural Forum organized a 4-day Global Conference entitled, “Family Farming at the Core of Sustainable Food Systems”. The Global conference was attended by family farmers, governments, UN agencies, research centers, cooperatives, and others organizations committed to strengthening family farming. This event confirmed the unique position of family farming in achieving inclusive, resilient, sustainable and viable food systems and the need to redouble efforts and build new

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ComDev Asia to be featured in APRC36 Side Event on March 9

ComDev Asia, a regional initiative that promotes Communication for Development in Asia-Pacific, will be featured in a side event of 36th Session of the FAO Regional Conference in the region (APRC 36), 9 March 2022 (1:00PM Dhaka Time). This hybrid event aims to share the progress and achievements of the UN Decade of Family Farming in the Asia-Pacific Region. ComDev Asia spearheaded regional awareness campaign in the last 2 years, highlighting

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FAO elearning Academy: Strengthening capacity to face global challenges

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed an online learning platform to strengthen the capacity of member countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The FAO elearning Academy provides learning opportunities and multilingual elearning courses, focusing on the transfer of competencies, development of expertise and promotion of innovation in order to strengthen human resources and institutions. It offers free access to various contents and

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