Know more about the experiences and stories of family farmers in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are responding to the challenges brought by this crisis. The Asia-Pacific Farmer’s Program (APFP) takes the lead in conducting virtual sharing sessions to get updates from Farmer Organizations (FOs) in the region. APFP aims to contribute to an enabling environment for rural poverty reduction, through
ComDev Asia partners convened via skype on April 17 to organize the steering committee and validate the Participatory Communication Plan (PCP), which will guide all activities of the ComDev Asia Initiative. Members of the steering committee who attended the meeting include the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), UPLB-College of Development Communication (UPLB-CDC), Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC), and Digital Green. In charge
In this article from the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO), Mr. Sok Sotha, Managing Director of Cambodian Association of Agriculture Producers (CFAP), shared the significant impacts of COVID-19 pandemic among local farmers in their country. He also tackled the challenges they’re facing today and how they addressed these concerns. CFAP is now seeking assistance from their government and fellow farmers’ organizations to better assist their farmer members. For the full Q&A
AMARC Asia Pacific launches the “Community Radio Campaign against COVID-19” to complement the initiatives of community radios across the region. As part of this campaign, AMARC-AP has released guidelines in writing Public Service Announcement (PSA) to promote awareness and disseminate credible information about COVID-19 to the public. The Campaign website has made available scripts of public service announcements (PSA) that can be translated and broadcast by local broadcasters. Two types
To respond to the growing COVID-19 problem, eighteen Bangladeshi Community Radio Broadcasters have started broadcasting a program on Coronavirus Education. The program focuses on rural people and the precautionary measures needed to prevent infection. Bangladesh’s Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been mobilizing all community radios towards setting their programming to promote awareness on COVID-19.
The World Rural Forum (WRF) calls on family farming organizations, National Committees of Family Farming and other dialogue platforms to collect, share and give voice to the proposals and emergency measures to ensure that family farming continues to play the role guaranteeing the food safety during this time of crisis caused by COVID-19. WRF is a plural network that works in favor of Family Farming and sustainable rural development. Proposals
Farmers face growing threats to their health and agricultural productivity while taking care of themselves and feeding the world. This is why building social networks with farmers that enable them to share knowledge with one another. This helps them connect with markets in a digitally connected world that can continue to function in the current crisis. Read more on this story here
The Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) calls on governments and development partners to support family farmers as frontliners in the fight to eradicate COVID-19. “Our organizations and cooperatives can strengthen our/family farmers’ capacities to play our utmost role in providing food and nutrition security to our fellow citizens. However, we remain challenged to upscale our local efforts. Thus, we call on our governments and development partners to support our endeavors: (1) in