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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ComDev Asia presents 2022 Accomplishments to SC Members

ComDev Asia held a meeting with its Steering Committee members last 13 December 2022 to present updates on the implementation of the 2022 Participatory Communication Plan (PCP) and identify ways forward for 2023. It was attended by Dr. Maria Stella Tirol, Assistant Professor Rosa Plipinas Francisco, and Ms. Zane Andrei Cortez from the UPLB College of Development Communication; Dr. Mario Acunzo, Ms. Silvia San Marco, and Ms. Sophie Treinen from

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ComDev Asia conducts Training on Participatory Video Production and Sharing

Participatory video plays an integral role in promoting community development. It can be used as an interactive and inspirational media engaging both audio and visual senses and it can channel both actions and dialogues. Therefore, it can be more engaging and effective, and it can convey key messages that can be easily comprehended by the audience (FAO & Digital Green, 2022). With this nature of participatory video, it can be

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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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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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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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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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FFF, VFNU to hold a conference for sharing and learning among FFPOs

The Forest and Farm Facility, in collaboration with Vietnam Farmer’s Union (VNFU) will hold an international conference for sharing and learning with Forest and Farm Producer Organization (FFPOs) on 22-26 September in Hanoi, Vietnam. Titled, “Saving our Future: Investing in locally-led diversification for climate resilience and food security”, the conference aims to discuss on how to support FFPOs as key change agents in delivering climate-resilient landscapes and improved livelihoods. Aside from FFPOs, governments,

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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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Radio Program: Family Farmers’ Organizations Promote Sustainable Food Systems in Asia

As part of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming Regional Awareness Radio Campaign that started in 2021, AMARC Asia-Pacific recently produced a report on the roles of family farmers’ organizations (FFOs) in promoting sustainable food systems in Asia. With reports from Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, it is said that FFOs help farmers access resources and reach larger markets effectively and efficiently. Through FFOs, production

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