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Regional Expert Consultation Workshops on Transforming towards Resilient, Sustainable, Profitable, and Inclusive Rice-Based Agri-Food Systems in Asia

Rice ratooning is not a new practice with farmers. It has been successfully adopted in many countries including China, India, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, USA, Brazil, and Colombia. However, the adoption of traditional ratoon rice with the first crop harvested manually has been limited due to labor shortage as well as low and unstable grain yield in ratoon crop. The challenge, therefore, is to develop rice ratooning technology with the main

Regional Webinar on Agri-Forest Enterprise Development for Young Farmers

The Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) invites young farmers in the region to take part in a series of webinars that aims to serve as a venue for participants to learn and improve their skills and knowledge on agri-forest-based enterprise and cooperative development and management. This webinars are part of the project entitled, ” “Young Women and Men  Farmers As Advocates for Sustainable, Resilient, Gender Sensitive Agri-Forest-Based Livelihoods: Young

Launching of Support to Farmers Organizations for Asia on March 16

The Asian Farmers Association (AFA) cordially invites everyone to join the launching of the “Support to Farmers Organizations for Asia (FO4A)”. This program is co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU) for the farmers’ organizations in Asia. This virtual event will take place via Zoom on 16 March 2022 | 17:00 GMT+8 (Manila time).  FO4A aims to increase income and to improve livelihood, food and

FAO elearning Academy: Strengthening capacity to face global challenges

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed an online learning platform to strengthen the capacity of member countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The FAO elearning Academy provides learning opportunities and multilingual elearning courses, focusing on the transfer of competencies, development of expertise and promotion of innovation in order to strengthen human resources and institutions. It offers free access to various contents and

Directory of Farmers' Organizations in Asia-Pacific Region, released

The latest directory of Farmers’ Organizations (FOs) in Asia-Pacific region is now available for download! Produced by the Asia-Pacific Farmers’ Forum, the said document contains the profiles of farmers‘ organizations under the programs supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU). You can view or download the material at    

Agriculture Resilient to Pandemic’s Impact: Transforming Food Systems to Reduce Loss and Waste

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) invites the public and interested parties to join in their online event titled, “Agriculture Resilient to Pandemic’s Impact: Transforming Food Systems to Reduce Loss and Waste” on 28 September, 16:00 GMT (Manila). The event is in conjunction with the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (#FLWDay). This virtual event aims to call out businesses, development agencies, institutions, and

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

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

Advancing Resilient Family Farming towards a “new normal”: ComDev Asia virtual consultation to craft a communication campaign

ComDevAsia (CDA) conducted a virtual consultation with partner organizations on June 11 to prioritize and validate key messages, themes, and priorities of the communication campaign on resilient family farming beyond COVID-19 within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF 2019-28). The campaign is part of the CDA Participatory Communication Plan and will have two streams: awareness raising on the role of family farming for resilient food

ComDev Asia and AMARC-AP together to fight Covid-19

The world is under the seize of a pandemic that is beyond our worst imaginations. As of now, more than 350,000 human lives have been lost, while there has been a devastating impact on millions of livelihoods. The impact of the pandemic on community radios is distressing. On the one hand, journalists and broadcasters, as front line workers, are personally exposed to risks of the infection. On the other hand,