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Agricultural Transformation starts in the backyard: The story of Nissa Wargadipuras from Indonesia Nissa Wargadipuras’s earliest memories involve learning how to live with nature. Her childhood home’s backyard in the hilly town of Garut, West Java was a little forest where her father planted vegetables, herbs and fruits. Her mother produced traditional medicine from the plants for their family and their neighbours. “Whenever I came home from school, my mother

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Welcome to the ComDev Asia Campaign Page.

 

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Food Systems and Farmers’ Land Rights

On the first day of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High-Level Special Event on Strengthening Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition last October 13, 2020, their Partners Event titled “Building Back Better: Confronting the Impact of COVID-19 on Land Tenure, Food Security and Nutrition” invited panelists from different sectors to provide varying perspectives on land rights and food systems. One of the panelists for this Partners Event

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Asia-Pacific countries pledged bold and innovative action for food security and livelihoods

This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Innovation, solidarity, coherence and strong partnership among and within countries of Asia and the Pacific are required for the region to rebound from the damage caused by COVID-19 and the ongoing effects of chronic undernourishment. That was a call made by more than 40 member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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The current global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted agricultural and food systems around the world. To mitigate the pandemic’s impacts across the food system, both global and country-specific interventions are necessary: measures meant to preserve the global food supply chains need to be complemented with context-specific solutions harnessing locally available resources and goods. A central element for mitigating and recover from the impact of the crisis is ensuring the resilience of family farmers and local food systems through adequate policies, programmes and investments.

The UNDFF Global Action Plan (GAP) provides a blueprint for promoting policy change and achieving the goals of the Decade of Family Farming and recognizes communication as a central element to engage family farmers and their organizations working in this field along three main priorities: a) promote inclusive rural communication services as part of family farming policies and programmes; b) strengthen producer organizations’ communication and ICT capacities; and c) give voice to family farmers.  The UNDFF provides a suitable space to address the communication needs related to family farming and the COVID19, with a view to promote sustained action to increase the resilience of family farmers in the short as well as in the longer term.

As part of its contribution in the UN Decade of Family Farming initiatives, ComDev Asia (CDA) steers a common agenda in communication for rural development in the Asia-Pacific region. It facilitates an interactive web-based community of practice that promotes dialogue, strengthens collaboration, and advocates for communication policies and services in agriculture and rural development. As a response to this global pandemic, ComDev Asia conducts a regional strategic communication campaign addressed to family farmers and the general public as part of its regional Participatory Communication Plan (PCP) to enhance the resilience of family farmers through adequate information on measures and practices.

To know more about the campaign and access the campaign materials, read the UNDFF ComDevAsia Communication Campaign Package over HERE.

Download and watch the campaign videos including the promotional videos for the general public and the family farmers at the ComDev Asia Google Drive: www.tinyurl.com/comdevasia in the subfolder, UNDFF/COMDEVASIA CAMPAIGN.

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35th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35) goes ONLINE

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) holds the 35th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35) on 1-4 September 2020. APRC 35 will be a forum to discuss current country and regional priorities and pressing issues in the region such as the impact of COVID-19, the state of agriculture, natural resources management, food security and nutrition. It will also be an opportunity to highlight

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PH farmer groups recommends family farming to continue amidst COVID-19 crisis

Recognizing farmers and fisher folks as front liners in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic, farmer organizations in the Philippines initiated a campaign called “Bayanihan sa Agrikultura laban sa COVID-19” to shed light concerning on food security and to push recommendations in the midst of the prevailing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the country. One of the key recommendations is to “allow small farming families to continue working in their farms

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UN launched Global Action Plan for Decade of Family Farming

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019-2028 as the UN Decade of Family Farming. The UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) aims to provide an enabling environment for family farmers to be an enabler of change and development, particularly in their contributions to global food and nutrition security. Through a Global Action Plan, the UNDFF provides a holistic guide for the international community to conduct a collective, coherent, and well-coordinated

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FAO launches UN Decade of Family Farming

The United Nations Decade of Family Farming was officially launched last May 29 at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome. The launch was co-organized by FAO and the International Fund For Agricultural Development, with preceding activities such as farmers’ knowledge exchange sessions and regional dialogues on priorities for the implementation of the Decade last May 27-28. Family farming stakeholders– such as public and private sectors, government units,

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Participatory Theater as a Science Communication Tool in Timor Leste

This study explored the potential of Participatory theater as a tool for disseminating new agricultural knowledge among subsistence farmers in Timor Leste. The aim of the trial was to provide information on improved seed varieties and appropriate agronomic practices to maximize their yield among rural communities where rates of adult illiteracy are high and the reach of mass media forms of communication is low. The initial pilot involved a theater

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