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Indonesia is Taking a Big Step on Family Farming

Last May 17, 2022, a hybrid workshop titled “Multi-Stakeholder Discussion on Family Farming National Action Plan and Strategic Activities” was conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Almost 100 individuals from various farmers’ organizations and government agencies participated. Included here are Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, National Food Agency (Bapangnas), and National Planning Agency (Bappenas). Led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), they

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Empowering Communities and Addressing Farming Challenges through Cooperatives in Vietnam

Yen Duong commune, in the southern part of Ba Be district in the Bac Kan province of Vietnam, is about 10 kilometers away from the district center. It is composed of 9 villages with 630 households, of which almost 3% of the total population belongs to the 4 ethnic groups including Tay, Nung, Dao, and Kinh. Yen Duong Cooperative, established in June 2018 with 7 members, was formed on the

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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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Regional Webinar on Agri-Forest Enterprise Development for Young Farmers

The Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) invites young farmers in the region to take part in a series of webinars that aims to serve as a venue for participants to learn and improve their skills and knowledge on agri-forest-based enterprise and cooperative development and management. This webinars are part of the project entitled, ” “Young Women and Men  Farmers As Advocates for Sustainable, Resilient, Gender Sensitive Agri-Forest-Based Livelihoods: Young

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Women Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition: Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest

In celebration of the International Women’s Day last March 8, the consortium Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC) invites female members of the farmers’ organizations under the Asia-Pacific Farmers Program (APFP) and Farmers Organizations for Asia (FO4A) to join the “Women Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition: Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest”. In this cooking contest, the challenge is to prepare native dishes that will

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Asia–Pacific region’s vulnerability to COVID-19 pandemic speeds up adoption of digital tech in agrifood systems

Agrifood systems in the Asia-Pacific region have been particularly vulnerable to shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, quickening the adoption of digital technologies, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said. Qu was speaking in a special event entitled “Innovation, Science and Digitalization: Transforming agrifood systems in Asia and the Pacific region” at FAO’s 36th Asia Pacific Regional Conference. He said the systems

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Regional Consultation Meeting For Sustainable Systems on March 29-30

The FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (FAO RAP), together with its partners in the region, will hold a consultation meeting on promoting healthy, sustainable, and inclusive foods systems in response to COVID-19 in South Asia on Mar 29-30  (10:30AM Dhaka Time). It serves as a follow up of Food Systems Summit last year and intends to support food systems transformation actions to resolve huger and reducing diet-related diseases problems amid pandemic

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Launching of Support to Farmers Organizations for Asia on March 16

The Asian Farmers Association (AFA) cordially invites everyone to join the launching of the “Support to Farmers Organizations for Asia (FO4A)”. This program is co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU) for the farmers’ organizations in Asia. This virtual event will take place via Zoom on 16 March 2022 | 17:00 GMT+8 (Manila time).  FO4A aims to increase income and to improve livelihood, food and

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GeoFarmer tool helps information sharing among farmers

Information and experiences sharing  among farmers is important in improving farming practices.  To support these exchanges of experiences, the GeoFarmer app was designed to help these farmers. In this app, it enables a multi-way communication among farmers, researchers, and community workers to collect and share information and experiences.  Farmers  learn from each other by asking questions, sharing some suggestions on how to manage and improve their farm. GeoFarmer was tested

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