Mobilize investments and provide sufficient direct financing to forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), so they can keep family farming alive. This was the main recommendation by FFPOs who participated in an international web consultation on “Multi-dimensional Resilience : Smallholder Producers and Farmers Managing Risks,” held last June 9-11. Esther Penunia, Secretary General of Asian Farmers Association (AFA), member of the Steering Committee of ComDev Asia (CDA), presented the recommendations
Climate Change and NRM
A research study led by agricultural economist Arun Khatri-Chhetri found that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices could potentially reduce the burden of labor among women farmers in climate-risk and poverty hotspots in Nepal. These CSA technologies included zero tillage machines, weeders, and solar pump irrigation. Sound post-harvest management and practices such as direct seeding of rice, laser land leveling, and green manuring were also critical to labor burden reduction.
Today family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the world. Communication lies at the core of the process of change that involves family farming. Smallholder family farmers and rural communities require access to information and communication to make their voices heard and change their lives for the better. This implies including communication for development (ComDev) as part of agricultural and rural development policies in order to promote dialogue