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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

Farmers in Bangladesh favor TV programs as source of agricultural information

A survey conducted with 100 farmers in South Surma Upazila, Bangladesh revealed that the majority (76%) had a medium favorable attitude toward agriculture-related television programs as source of agricultural information. A more favorable attitude was determined among farmers with larger farm size, higher educational qualification, higher annual family income, more farming experience, and more agricultural knowledge. However, as the farmers’ age and family size increase, their attitude toward television programs

Campaign Launch of UNDFF/ComDev Asia's Resilient Family Farming: Ensuring Food for All in a Sustainable Planet

This article is originally published by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Asia-Pacific’s smallholder family farmers produce most of the world’s food, yet they are facing a disproportionate impact on their livelihoods and food security due to the present coronavirus pandemic, a collaboration of FAO and advocacy groups warned today. The COVID-19 impact on the region’s rural communities, and particularly those in developing countries, has resulted in economic

In achieving the objectives of the campaign, two sets of campaign materials are produced covering six themes on resilient family farming: 1) Economics and Food Systems; 2) Biodiversity, Environment, and Culture; 3) Gender and Youth; 4) Health and Nutrition; 5) Sanitation and Safety; and 6) Policies, Services, and Organization.

Here are the Campaign Materials for the General Public:

A. Posters

POSTER 1: Invest in Family Farming, Invest in our Future
Theme: Economics and Food Systems

Family Farmers are frontliners and food heroes in the midst of COVID-19
pandemic. Support our farmers. Buy their products. Eat local produce.

Download the poster HERE.

POSTER 2: Family Farmers are Custodians of Biodiversity
Theme: Biodiversity, Environment, and Culture

Family farmers ensure the sustainability of agricultural processes while
respecting the environment. This makes the, viable partners to develop
resilience to climate change.

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POSTER 3: Agri-Cultures: A Common Heritage for a Better Future
Theme: Biodiversity, Environment, and Culture

Recognizing the potentials and value of local and indigenous knowledge is the
heart of a more resilient future.

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POSTER 4: Women are the Backbone of Family Farming
Theme: Gender and Youth

It is our responsibility to make sure that the next generation of women are
empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world’s growing
food needs.

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POSTER 5: Strengthening Family Farmers through Inclusive Rural Services
Theme: Policies, Services, and Organization

The government and the private sector can equip farmer organizations through
economic incentives, credit for smallholder farmers, and improved rural
communication services.

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B. Infographic

INFOGRAPHIC 1: Supporting Women Means More Food for All (Women in Agriculture: Quick Facts)
Theme: Gender and Youth

Women are important contributors to food production, but need more support.
Supporting women farmers can help them increase yield and feed more people.

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C. Public Service Announcement

GP PSA 1: Buy directly from family farmers
Theme: Economic and Food Systems

This PSA aims to encourage the general public to buy produce directly from family
farmers to support their livelihood in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the script HERE.
Download the sample HERE.

GP PSA 2: Family farmers preserve biodiversity
Theme: Biodiversity, Environment, and Culture

Farmers play an important role in preserving biodiversity.

Download the script HERE.
Download the sample HERE.

GP PSA 3: Women are the backbone of family farming
Theme: Gender and Youth

It is our responsibility to make sure that the next generation of women, encouraged
and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world’s growing food
needs.

Download the script HERE.
Download the sample HERE.

GP PSA 4: Family farmers provide nutritious food
Theme: Nutrition and Health

Family farmers are frontliners in the time of crisis and post-COVID-19 because they
feed the world, sustain our health, and increase our resilience to COVID-19 and other
diseases.

Download the script HERE.
Download the sample HERE.

In achieving the objectives of the campaign, two sets of campaign materials are produced covering six themes on resilient family farming: 1) Economics and Food Systems; 2) Biodiversity, Environment, and Culture; 3) Gender and Youth; 4) Health and Nutrition; 5) Sanitation and Safety; and 6) Policies, Services, and Organization.

Here are the Campaign Materials for Family Farmers:

CRB 1:  Cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic
THEME: Economic and Food Systems

Family farmers are able to cope with the challenges brought about by the covid-19
pandemic on their farming system through their farmers’ organizations.

Download the script HERE

CRB 2:  Farmers enhance biodiversity
THEME: Biodiversity, Environment, and Cultures

Family farmers have practices that contribute to climate change resilience and
adaptation.

Download the script HERE

CRB 3: Women in family farming
THEME: Gender and Youth

Women are important contributors to food production but they need more support.

Download the script HERE

CRB 4:  How to care for one’s mental health at the time of COVID-19
THEME: Nutrition and Health

Disruption in farming practices during COVID-19 can take a toll of farmer-listeners’
mental health. The WHO has recommendations to address such concerns.

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CRB 5:  Role of family farmers in providing nutritious food to the community
THEME: Nutrition and Health

Family farmers are sources of nutritious food that keep our bodies healthy.

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CRB 6:  Practicing safety measures
THEME: Sanitation and Safety

Family farmers are able to cope with covid-19 by gaining knowledge about the virus
and practicing safety measures provided by awareness campaigns of their farmers’
organizations.

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CRB 7:  Sharing information with fellow farmers and farmers’ organizations
THEME: Sanitation and Safety

Sharing information with fellow farmers and farmers’ organizations can help family
farmers find ways to meet challenges brought by the pandemic.

Download the script HERE

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

Mobile phone application for pest identification in Northwest Cambodia

Cambodian farmers had experienced decrease in production yield due to crop infestation, worsened by improper pest management. In 2016, an image-rich mobile phone application was developed as an alternative method in extending pest management education among mungbean farmers and farmer communities. The Pest ID app provided its users a “photo dictionary” containing pest management information applicable to the local context. This app is offered in Khmer and English. A 2018

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

Adaptive strategies of smallholder farming households for agriculture commercialization and food and nutrition security in Myanmar

A 2017 study by Gabrielli, Herens, and Peters identified the emergent opportunities that link agricultural commercialization processes to food and nutrition security among smallholder farming households. This link places farmers at the center, particularly because they are both producers and consumers in the food systems. Focusing on the tales of smallholder farmers and on their agricultural life stories, the study contextualized their understanding of farm household’s sense-making processes in relation