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
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
Mobilize investments and provide sufficient direct financing to forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), so they can keep family farming alive. This was the main recommendation by FFPOs who participated in an international web consultation on “Multi-dimensional Resilience : Smallholder Producers and Farmers Managing Risks,” held last June 9-11. Esther Penunia, Secretary General of Asian Farmers Association (AFA), member of the Steering Committee of ComDev Asia (CDA), presented the recommendations
Community-based farmers’ organizations represent and reflect the status of the rural farming communities. They’ve become the face of the small-scale farmers. These organizations played a key role in advancing farmer’s rights by lobbying policies for rural and sustainable development. They are involved in improving food security, reducing poverty, and lowering unemployment. However, the lack of or minimal visibility of these organizations limit their mobility and ability to forge sustainable partnerships.
Digital Green assures farmers of their continuous support in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this global crisis, smallholding farming communities are struggling in terms of their health and agricultural productivity. This is while attending their vital role as front liners and key actors during and post COVID-19. In their capabilities statement, Digital Green presented various approaches and undertakings to aid farmers to survive, thrive, and build resilience. Efforts
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
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
Family farming is by far the most prevalent form of agriculture both in developed and developing countries, representing the largest source of employment worldwide. It is much more than a mode of food production. It is a way of life. In 2014, the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF 2014) focused the world’s attention on family farmers’ important role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving