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

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,