Family Farming

Food and Agriculture Organization and Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) once again signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last 20 January 2023.  To date, this is the third MoU forged between FAO and AFA which formalizes their continuous collaboration in advancing family farming by promoting the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) and contributing to the achievement of its goals and objectives.  Mr.

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Coop-to-coop model benefits Filipino family farmers and cooperative members

When the Philippine Family Farmers’ Agriculture Fishery Forestry Cooperatives Federation or AgriCOOPh started their Coops4Food Program in 2020, they developed a coop-to-coop model linking producers’ cooperatives with consumers’ cooperatives, organizations, and community associations. This model allows more consumers to efficiently access fresh food products from producers’ cooperatives, which in turn could lead to better food choices and diet. Through the coop-to-coop model, AgriCOOPh participates in bidding for agricultural products or accepting

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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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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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1st UNDFF Global Forum to highlight Outcomes, Experiences, and Challenges in Family Farming

After three years of implementation, the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028 will hold its first virtual global forum on Sept.19-22. Co-organized by FAO and IFAD, the UNDFF Global Forum aims to provide a general overview of policy trends and the relevance of family farming vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals and the present global development agenda. The forum will also serve as a platform for sharing of lessons, experiences,  challenges, and

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Farmers' Use of ICT Tools for Farming Practices in Chapainawabganj district, Bangladesh

The benefits of ICT tools in the agricultural sector have been promising since its expansion and development two decades ago. ICT helps farmers facilitate access to real-time data on weather forecasts, market prices, planting, and harvesting techniques, and seed varieties among others. This is also true across the socioeconomic structure of developing and underdeveloped countries, including Bangladesh—an independent sovereign country in Southeast Asia. Bangladesh is a country where the agricultural

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FAO, IFAD Spearhead Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific

On 29 June 2022, FAO and IFAD, in their capacity of joint secretariat of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) have organized a virtual Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific: Leveraging the role of family farming towards more inclusive and resilient food systems in response to crises. This was supported by an informal preparatory group representing Family Farmers’ Organizations and regional rural development NGOs: the

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FAO, IFAD Spearhead Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific

On 29 June 2022, FAO and IFAD, in their capacity of joint secretariat of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) have organized a virtual Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific: Leveraging the role of family farming towards more inclusive and resilient food systems in response to crises. This was supported by an informal preparatory group representing Family Farmers’ Organizations and regional rural development NGOs: the

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ComDev Asia holds Regional Forum on Rural Communication Services (RCS) for Family Farming

The Regional Forum on RCS for Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific was held last 28 June 2022. The event was attended by ComDev Asia partners from the Food and Agriculture Organization, Digital Green, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Self Employed Women’s Association, as well as representatives from national government agencies.   The regional forum was meant to provide a platform for the discussion of recommendations for advancing

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Abundance in sustainability: Dante and Aming’s journey in Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System

Here’s an inspiring story of Dante and Aming Pajaron, family farmers from Valencia, Bukidnon, Philippines who were able strive and thrive amid pandemic through Integrated Diversified Organic Farming System (IDOFS). Also called “low-cost farming”, IDOFS is a farming approach that promotes the shift from monoculture production systems into “sustainable and self-reliant small-scale farming” methods. Before venturing into IDOFS, Dante and Aming only focused on organic rice farming and a few livestocks. Now,

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