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Asia Pacific Regional Farmers Forum 2022 Statement

(This article is originally published in Asian Farmers’ Association website) We, 40 representatives of seven (7) regional/international small-scale farmers’ and fishers’ organizations (FOs),[1] with a combined membership of 24 million, 34% of whom are women and 23% are youth, have gathered both in-person and virtually for the 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Farmers Forum (AP RFAFO) on 26-27 October 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. We have been accompanied by officials of the International Fund

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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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1st UNDFF Global Forum, to be held on September 2022

After three years of implementation, the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF) will host its first Global Forum on 19-22 September 2022. Since its launch in 2019, the Decade has been promoting integrated actions supported by cross-sectoral policies that address the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development. This approach resulted in the approval of 3 Regional and 10 National Action Plans for family farming, while 186 relevant policies, laws and regulations were developed and endorsed around the world for the support of family farming.

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Innovative Contract Farming Arrangements in Asia and the Pacific

Digitalization, gender-sensitive regulations and risk insurance are changing contract farming. Contract farming is a forward agreement between farmers and agribusinesses for the production and supply of agricultural commodities. In Asia and the Pacific, informal transactions are still the norm. However, contractual agreements are on the rise, especially for high value agricultural commodities. As contract farming arrangements grow in number and become more sophisticated, a series of innovations are emerging to enhance their

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Blue Transformation Towards Better Production in Asia-Pacific

In the Asia-Pacific region, FAO is working with its Member Nations to help them advance to the 2030 Agenda by achieving Four Betters: better production, better nutrition, better environment and a better life – leaving no one behind. This short video looks at an example of achieving better production in Thailand through implementation of Blue Transformation.

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Global Forum on Inclusive RCS for Family Farming set on July 11

Com Dev Asia is inviting everyone to attend the UNDFF Global Forum on Inclusive Rural Communication Services for Family Farming  on 11 July 2022, 12:00-3:00PM CET. The discussion aims to showcase current trends, approaches, experiences and lessons learned related to RCS for Family Farming, and to define criteria, opportunities and priorities for mainstreaming RCS in family farming National Action Plans, policies, and programs and agree on mechanisms to foster collaboration

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Regional Expert Consultation Workshops on Transforming towards Resilient, Sustainable, Profitable, and Inclusive Rice-Based Agri-Food Systems in Asia

Rice ratooning is not a new practice with farmers. It has been successfully adopted in many countries including China, India, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, USA, Brazil, and Colombia. However, the adoption of traditional ratoon rice with the first crop harvested manually has been limited due to labor shortage as well as low and unstable grain yield in ratoon crop. The challenge, therefore, is to develop rice ratooning technology with the main

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