The Communication for Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific (ComDevAsia) and the Asian Farmer’s Association for Rural Development (AFA) expressed their willingness to collaborate in knowledge sharing and documenting good practices in agricultural and rural development.
Last Aug. 22, 2019, the CCComDev-ComDevAsia team lead by its program leader, Dr. Maria Stella C. Tirol, visited AFA Main Office in Manila to discuss about the initiative and identify potential areas for collaboration and information exchange. Ms. Maria Estrella Penunia, AFA Secretary General, also presented the efforts of their organization in putting up programs and activities to empower small scale farmers. More so, she believe that this partnership between AFA and ComDevAsia will lead to other initiatives and projects.
Both parties are now working to establish the organizational mechanism needed to proceed in this undertaking. Aside from knowledge sharing, ComDevAsia extended its technical support to AFA’s programs and activities, especially in conducting trainings for family farmer organizations in Asia.