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

Role of Innovation and Technologies in Resilient Family Farming among ASEAN countries

FAO, Regional Institutions, and Family Farmer’s Organizations recognized the important role of leveraging innovation and adapting digital technologies to curb the negative effects brought by the pandemic among Family Farmers in the ASEAN region. In a webinar entitled, “ASEAN family farmers and COVID-19: Impacts, Innovations, Investments”, representatives of family farmers and development organizations discussed the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the agricultural sector, examine challenges to food systems, and identify

AFA presents Family Farmers' COVID-19 Response at 2020 HLPF Farmers’ Major Groups Meeting

This article is originally published by Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) “To build back better, we call on governments and development partners to recognize family farmers through their organizations and cooperatives as solution providers, as frontliners and as dynamic and active partners for the work to implement the UN Decade of family farming to accelerate the achievement of  SDG 1 and SDG2. We call for direct financing

PHOTO: Boeboe community members add markers for local and traditonal ecological knowledge to the relief model of their village. Photo from J. X. Leon et al.(http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2015.1046808)

A 2015 case study by Leon, Hardcastle, James, Albert, Kreseka and Woodroffe reported on the use of participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) in Boeboe village, Solomon Islands. The study documented the incorporation of local and traditional knowledge with scientific data of coastal hazards to inform decision-making and management. BoeBoe village, like other coastal communities in the Coral Triangle, is threatened by climate change, particularly by sea-level rise which could affect livelihoods,

FOOD HERO Campaign successfully launched in Mongolia

The National Association of Mongolian Agricultural Cooperative (NAMAC) has successfully launched the FOOD HERO Campaign during an international training held in Dundgobi, Mongolia, June 29. NAMAC, a member of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), took the lead in this initiative that seek support from donors, private sector, and development agencies by purchasing face mask made by their members. Proceeds will be used to aid family farmers

farmers and forest producers

Mobilize investments and provide sufficient direct financing to forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), so they can keep family farming alive. This was the main recommendation by FFPOs who participated in an international web consultation on “Multi-dimensional Resilience : Smallholder Producers and Farmers Managing Risks,” held last June 9-11. Esther Penunia, Secretary General of Asian Farmers Association (AFA), member of the Steering Committee of ComDev Asia (CDA), presented the recommendations

International Web Consultation and Conference on FFPO Resilience

The Asian Farmers’ Association For Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) cordially invites forest and farm producer organizations (FFPO) to attend the international web consultation and conference on 9th of June 2020, 9:00–13:00 (UTC +02:00). With the theme, “Multidimensional Resilience Smallholder Producers and Farmers Managing Risks”, this web conference aims to gain a clearer understanding and awareness in FFPO resilience; to provide recommendations; to exchange best practices; and formulate common policies to