Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019–2028 begins

FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are co-organising the Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF), which is being held virtually from 19-22 September. It is an opportunity to hear from different actors and hold discussions to identify priority policies and technical areas that will shape the UNDFF agenda for the next period of implementation and will more effectively support family farmers and family farming worldwide.

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Afghan Smallholder Farmers Affected by Drought, Earthquake to Receive Assistance

Afghan small holder farmers are expected to receive further assistance after the devastating earthquake and intense drought that hit the country. According to FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Japan government will provide USD 14 million contribution to over half million Afghan people ni cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) This financial aid will  support vulnerable, smallholder and landless farmers, including women and persons with disability-headed households,

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Adoption to System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Technology in Indonesia

In a 2022 study by Arsil et al., Indonesian rice farmers participated in focus group discussions (FGDs) regarding the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The findings include SRI’s complexities in terms of utilization and application to farming. The study was developed with the help of the theory of diffusion of innovations. SRI is an innovation anchored in sustainable knowledge and practices for local farmers’ plants, water, soil, and nutrients. 40

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Uplifting the Lives of Marginalized Communities Through Collective Action: The Case of Kalika Land Rights Agriculture Cooperative in Nepal

In Nepal, a cooperative was established by women farmers to help themselves and their families improved their agriculture production and provide livelihood opportunities among its member. The Kalika Land Rights Agriculture Cooperative Ltd. has 49 members (46 females, 3 males) composed of Dalit (19), indigenous people (14), and the so-called higher caste (16).  The cooperative prioritizes community members, both women, and men, that are resource-poor and are willing to participate in

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Thai Farmers Surveyed on New Agricultural Technologies

For developing countries, sustainable farming is an important practice to increase field productivity and economic growth. Using a Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) framework, the study analyzed the decision-making processes of farmers in Northeastern Thailand regarding adoption intention. Dipterocarpus alatus (D. alatus) is a large tree species found only in the Southeast Asian mainland commonly used for timber and resin. Its other agricultural uses and products include engine oils, medicines, cosmetics,

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UNDFF Global Forum on Inclusive RCS for Family Farming

ComDev Asia, one of the regional communication development initiatives of FAO took part in the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) Global Forum on inclusive Rural Communication Services (RCS) last 11 July, 2022. The forum aims at sharing insights on trends, experiences and appropriation of media and Information and Communication Technologies for development (ICT4D), and to promote inclusive Rural Communication Services (RCS) for family farming as part of the UNDFF process.

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A Journey of Struggles and Empowerment among Women Farmers in India: The Case of SEWA and Vikas Mandal

Surendranagar Mahila Bal Vikas Mandal (SMBVM) is registered as a Trust in Surendranagar district in Gujarat, India. It has a membership of 161 groups, largely salt pan farmers/workers composed of 86,000 small and marginal women farmers of which 16,426 are youth women members. The membership of SMBVM ranges from small and marginal agriculture farmers, women in animal husbandry, salt pan farmers/workers, and farm labourers.  SMBVM advocates for the needs of members. In

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Fewer women farmers relied on ICTs for agricultural information in Uttarakhand

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and women empowerment are two central topics in agriculture. ICTs have been studied in the agricultural context as these are conduits of accurate and timely knowledge that could improve agricultural practices. Meanwhile, focus on women farmers in agriculture has been evident, proving their critical role and participation in the industry. Recognizing the importance of both ICTs and women farmers, scholars Jha and Kashyap (2022) conducted

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Empowering Communities and Addressing Farming Challenges through Cooperatives in Vietnam

Yen Duong commune, in the southern part of Ba Be district in the Bac Kan province of Vietnam, is about 10 kilometers away from the district center. It is composed of 9 villages with 630 households, of which almost 3% of the total population belongs to the 4 ethnic groups including Tay, Nung, Dao, and Kinh. Yen Duong Cooperative, established in June 2018 with 7 members, was formed on the

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Enhancing RCS Effectivity through Youth Participation in the Philippines

The issue of logistics in agricultural extension work, where officers have to back and forth from their office to the farms they are working with, is a common issue in the sector. Even with the existence of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) like mobile phones, which are expected to make the extension work efficiently, there is still a rising problem: farmers’ lack of access and literacy to use it.  The

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