Coop-to-coop model benefits Filipino family farmers and cooperative members

When the Philippine Family Farmers’ Agriculture Fishery Forestry Cooperatives Federation or AgriCOOPh started their Coops4Food Program in 2020, they developed a coop-to-coop model linking producers’ cooperatives with consumers’ cooperatives, organizations, and community associations. This model allows more consumers to efficiently access fresh food products from producers’ cooperatives, which in turn could lead to better food choices and diet. Through the coop-to-coop model, AgriCOOPh participates in bidding for agricultural products or accepting

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FAO RAP, SEARCA conduct Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming

Eighteen individuals representing seven Southeast Asian countries are learning how to develop and advance inclusive, integrated, and innovative public policies for family farming at the headquarters of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines on 7-11 November 2022. They are participants in the regional workshop Southeast Asian Learning Framework on Inclusive, Integrated, and Innovative Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming advanced

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Dept. of Agriculture PH commits to family farmers through the Philippine Action Plan for Family Farming

Prior to the end of his term as Department of Agriculture chief, former Secretary William Dar launched the Philippine Action Plan for Family Farming (PAP4FF), with the goal of “Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita, at Marangal na Buhay ng Pamilyang Magsasaka” or “Abundant Harvest, High Incomes, and Dignified Life of Family Farmers.” According to former Secretary Dar, the action plan emphasizes the whole-of-nation approach to strengthening family farming through innovation,

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ComDev Asia participates in the First Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028

ComDev Asia participated in the First Global Forum of the UNDFF 2019-2028 held on 19 to 22 September 2022. FAO HQ ComDev Team Leader, Dr. Mario Acunzo and ComDev Asia Facilitator and University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Development Communication Dean, Dr. Maria Stella Tirol, emphasized the importance of key role of rural communications services (RCS) in family farming during their presentation on the last day of the

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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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