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Community Radios Forge Partnerships with Family Farmers

Seventy-four percent of the world’s family farmers are located in the Asia-Pacific region, including small-scale farmers, fisher folks, and livestock producers. Small-scale food producers, farmers, forest producers, fisher folks, and herders produce 80 percent of the region’s food. According to Pierre Ferrand, Agriculture Officer and Regional Focal Point for the UN Decade of Family Farming of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Asia Pacific, “It is impossible to

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FAO RAP, SEARCA conduct Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming

Eighteen individuals representing seven Southeast Asian countries are learning how to develop and advance inclusive, integrated, and innovative public policies for family farming at the headquarters of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines on 7-11 November 2022. They are participants in the regional workshop Southeast Asian Learning Framework on Inclusive, Integrated, and Innovative Public Policy Cycles for Family Farming advanced

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Asia Pacific Regional Farmers Forum 2022 Statement

(This article is originally published in Asian Farmers’ Association website) We, 40 representatives of seven (7) regional/international small-scale farmers’ and fishers’ organizations (FOs),[1] with a combined membership of 24 million, 34% of whom are women and 23% are youth, have gathered both in-person and virtually for the 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Farmers Forum (AP RFAFO) on 26-27 October 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. We have been accompanied by officials of the International Fund

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Rural Communication Services: A Key for Agricultural Development in Bangladesh

In remote segments of Bangladesh, agriculture has been the core of development. Farming is considered as a major contributor in promoting food security, especially in isolated areas. Subsistence farming is very prominent in rural areas of Bangladesh. This is where farming is done solely for the farmers’ needs; leaving little to no stocks for market. However, as development progresses, there has been a shift from subsistence farming to market-oriented commercial farming.

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Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) celebrates its two decades of empowering small-scale farmers in Asia with a series of events from October 18-22, 2022 in Metro Manila, Philippines. With the theme “Forward, Family Farmers, for a Healthy People and Planet,” AFA will hold its 10th General Assembly and 20th Anniversary Celebration during the five-day event series in Golden Phoenix Hotel, Pasay City, Philippines. It is co-hosted

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Dept. of Agriculture PH commits to family farmers through the Philippine Action Plan for Family Farming

Prior to the end of his term as Department of Agriculture chief, former Secretary William Dar launched the Philippine Action Plan for Family Farming (PAP4FF), with the goal of “Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita, at Marangal na Buhay ng Pamilyang Magsasaka” or “Abundant Harvest, High Incomes, and Dignified Life of Family Farmers.” According to former Secretary Dar, the action plan emphasizes the whole-of-nation approach to strengthening family farming through innovation,

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World Food Forum 2022 to focus on healthy diets, healthy planet

The World Food Forum (WFF) will conduct its annual flagship event from 17 to 21 October at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome Italy. WFF is an independent, youth-led global network of partners facilitated by FAO that empowers young people everywhere to actively shape agrifood systems to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a better food future for all. With the theme, “Healthy

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Rural Communication Services: A big help in reaching the Indian BOP Market

Rural portions in India, also called as the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) segment, has become a target market for business owners. Products and services offered in these isolated areas may or may not be different from the products and services offered in urban areas, however, marketing strategies appear to be different for the rural consumers. Marketers consider rural communication services/rural marketing communications in promoting their products and services even

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ComDev Asia participates in the First Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028

ComDev Asia participated in the First Global Forum of the UNDFF 2019-2028 held on 19 to 22 September 2022. FAO HQ ComDev Team Leader, Dr. Mario Acunzo and ComDev Asia Facilitator and University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Development Communication Dean, Dr. Maria Stella Tirol, emphasized the importance of key role of rural communications services (RCS) in family farming during their presentation on the last day of the

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FAO to hold AgriFood Systems Transformation Symposium in Asia Pacific

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will hold a hybrid event on AgriFood Systems Transformation in Bangkok, Thailand, October 5-7. The symposium aims provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and foster learning across agrifood systems to accelerate the transformative process in the region. The COVID-19 pandemic and the 5F crisis (food, feed, fuel, fertilizer and finance) exposed the structural weakness and low resilience in the agrifood systems. FAO’s mission,

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