Young Farmers Open Letter Contest

The Asia-Pacific Farmers’ Program invites young farmers to send an open letter to policymakers in the agriculture sector in your country discussing the issues you are dealing with in agriculture and including your recommendations for possible solutions to these challenges. WHO CAN JOIN • Young farmers (15 to 35 years old) • Must be a member of any of the farmers’ groups within the AFOSP-APFP partners (as certified by NFO

Negative Impact of COVID-19 on Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Food Systems

(This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report, The impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture food systems, was featured during

FAO to hold UNDFF Event on Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is co-organizing an international event entitled, “Implementing the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) to face COVID-19 and achieve resilient and sustainable food systems” on February 10, 3:00 to 14:15 (CET). The event will recognize the UNDFF  as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, thus contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Private Sector Partnership to Boost Inclusive and Sustainable Cocoa Production of Smallholder Farmers in Papua New Guinea

(This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific) As part of efforts to support smallholder farmers and create more inclusive agri-food value chains in Papua New Guinea, FAO implementing the  European Union co-funded STREIT programme, has engaged the local private sector, partnering with Paradise Foods Ltd., the country’s oldest national food manufacturing company. The Memorandum of Understanding agreement aims to promote more inclusive and

AFA and POs Hold Events in Support of UN Decade of Family Farming

This article is originally published by Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) In support of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF), the Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) and its partner organizations conducted virtual events that aimed at strengthening efforts to empower family farmers as well as highlight the important role of family farmers in achieving food security. Sustaining Family Farming in Asia-Pacific through inclusive, farmer-driven approaches One hundred

FAO Regional Food Safety Conference: Food safety in the era of COVID-19

The FAO Regional Food Safety Conference for Asia and the Pacific invites the public to join a series of webinars that will feature in-depth discussions on food control systems in the region and existing and emerging food safety issues.  With the theme, “Regulate. Delegate. Participate”, the conference aims to accelerate the promotion of food safety as a culture that benefits both businesses and consumers. To know more about the conference

Invitation to the Regional Consultation Meeting on UN Decade of Family Farming on Nov. 5-6

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) extend their invitation for thee Regional Consultation Meeting on UN Decade of Family Farming on 5-6 November via Zoom. This regional consultation meeting aims to formulate a Regional Action Plan that defines the key priorities, strategies, and actions to implement the UN Decade of Family Farming to strengthen

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