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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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Advancing Rural Communication Services in Family Farming in the Asia Pacific Region

The United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF, 2019-2028) aims to unleash the potential of family farmers as ‘key agents of change’ to transform food systems in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. This is guided by a Global Action Plan (GAP) under which Pillar 4 calls for improved communication and ICT capacities, Rural Communication Services, and increased awareness of family farmers’ roles, contributions, and challenges, among others (GAP-Outcome

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Conclusions of the Global Conference: Family Farming at the Core of Sustainable Food Systems

In 2021, the World Rural Forum organized a 4-day Global Conference entitled, “Family Farming at the Core of Sustainable Food Systems”. The Global conference was attended by family farmers, governments, UN agencies, research centers, cooperatives, and others organizations committed to strengthening family farming. This event confirmed the unique position of family farming in achieving inclusive, resilient, sustainable and viable food systems and the need to redouble efforts and build new

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FAO elearning Academy: Strengthening capacity to face global challenges

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed an online learning platform to strengthen the capacity of member countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The FAO elearning Academy provides learning opportunities and multilingual elearning courses, focusing on the transfer of competencies, development of expertise and promotion of innovation in order to strengthen human resources and institutions. It offers free access to various contents and

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Project SARAi: Technologies for Climate Smart Agriculture in the Philippines

Climate change is one of the major problems in the agriculture sector. It reduces crop and livestock productivity, threatens food security, and lower income, especially to smallholder farmers. In the Philippines, an action-research program was established to work towards climate risks by providing agricultural stakeholders with site-specific crop advisories. Project SARAI or  Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines provides farmers advisories for rice, corn, banana,

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Agricultural Transformation starts in the backyard: The story of Nissa Wargadipuras from Indonesia

Watch and be inspired of the life story of Nissa Wargadipuras, a farmer from West Java Indonesia. Nissa established a farmer field school called At-Thariq (meaning “the way” in Arabic) to teach agroecology, food security,  and religion to young people. They also teached sustainable farming lessons.. She also co-founded “Pasundan Farmer Union” which is one of the most influential farmers’ organizations in West Java. With  only one hectare of land, Nissa

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Directory of Farmers' Organizations in Asia-Pacific Region, released

The latest directory of Farmers’ Organizations (FOs) in Asia-Pacific region is now available for download! Produced by the Asia-Pacific Farmers’ Forum, the said document contains the profiles of farmers‘ organizations under the programs supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU). You can view or download the material at asiapacificfarmersforum.net.    

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