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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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Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019–2028 begins

FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are co-organising the Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF), which is being held virtually from 19-22 September. It is an opportunity to hear from different actors and hold discussions to identify priority policies and technical areas that will shape the UNDFF agenda for the next period of implementation and will more effectively support family farmers and family farming worldwide.

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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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Afghan Smallholder Farmers Affected by Drought, Earthquake to Receive Assistance

Afghan small holder farmers are expected to receive further assistance after the devastating earthquake and intense drought that hit the country. According to FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Japan government will provide USD 14 million contribution to over half million Afghan people ni cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) This financial aid will  support vulnerable, smallholder and landless farmers, including women and persons with disability-headed households,

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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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Farmers in Odisha use radio as main source of agricultural information

Despite the abundance of mobile phones and increased internet penetration, a survey among farmers from Odisha, India, found that the radio was still the primary source of general agricultural information. One hundred and twenty farmers participated in the said survey. It was conducted by Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. The farmers were of middle age, between 41 to 50 years old. Majority owned between 0.51 to 1 hectare of land

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Listening to the Community: Participatory Family Farming Radio Campaign

Participatory content development and involvement of the audience throughout the production cycle is one of the most significant highlights of a local broadcaster. This characteristic has been maintained during the production and dissemination of all radio programs produced to propel the Regional Awareness Radio Campaign under the aegis of the United Nations decade of Family Farming (UNDFF). A key moment in the participatory process is the impact assessment of the programs.

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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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Adoption to System of Rice Intensification (SRI) Technology in Indonesia

In a 2022 study by Arsil et al., Indonesian rice farmers participated in focus group discussions (FGDs) regarding the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). The findings include SRI’s complexities in terms of utilization and application to farming. The study was developed with the help of the theory of diffusion of innovations. SRI is an innovation anchored in sustainable knowledge and practices for local farmers’ plants, water, soil, and nutrients. 40

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