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MTCP 2 Partners gather for 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting


Vientiane, Lao PDR – Noel Monteyne, AgriCord Central Office Program Manager, and Marlene Ramirez, Secretary General of AsiaDHRRA, represented AgriCord in the Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the AFOSP (ASEAN Farmers’ Organization Support Program) and attended the Expanded 2nd Regional Steering Committee (RSC) meeting of the Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase 2 (MTCP 2). The Joint SC meeting served to update the partners in the progress of the two components of AFOSP, namely MTCP2 and Farmers’ Fighting Poverty (FFP) which is managed by AgriCord.

The MTCP2 RSC meeting discussed the results of IFAD mid-term review, recommendations and action plans, and, joint collaborations of partners, among others. The Asia-Pacific participants also joined field visits hosted by LFN show casing the benefits derived from the participation of LFN in the regional MTCP2 cooperation.

With support from the IFAD and the Swiss Development Cooperation, MTCP 2 aims to contribute to the poverty alleviation in Asia and the Pacific Region through strengthened capacities of the rural poor and their organizations that leads to improved livelihoods and positive socio-economic impacts.

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AsiaDHRRA in the 2016 Grow Asia Forum

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Marlene Ramirez, Secretary General of AsiaDHRRA, discussed the importance and role of Farmers’ Organizations (FOs) during the session on Engaging Farmers’ Organizations at the 2016 Grow Asia Forum. The session focused on developing the Grow Asia Partnership stakeholders’ understanding of FOs and how they can be engaged to build scalable models for inclusive value chains. A draft Primer of the research commissioned by Grow Asia was presented for discussion, which would eventually be shared to private companies to serve as guidepost in improving relationship and interactions with farmers’ organizations.

The 2016 Grow Asia Forum, hosted by the Grow Asia Partnership and the World Economic Forum, is a high-level gathering of more than 150 senior leaders from ASEAN governments, global and regional private sector, international civil society and farmers’ organizations, and other institutions.

The forum aimed at “highlighting the opportunities for greater investment in engaging smallholder farmers in value chain projects, supporting innovation, financing farmers, and the use of digital platforms to scale solutions.” It was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday 31 May 2016.

AsiaDHRRA was joined by Kees Bloekland, Executive Director of Agriterra, representing AgriCord in the event. Likewise, an AFA delegation of member FOs from the Philippines and Cambodia, led by Esther Penunia, Secretary General of AFA, gave strong contribution from the smallholder farmers and producer groups. AFA sits in the Grow Asia Steering Committee representing farmers.

AsiaDHRRA is a member of Grow Asia Civil Society Governance Council.

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AsiaDHRRA, DHRRA Malaysia Co-Organize CSO Consultation Pre-33rd FAO APRC


Sengalor, Malaysia –  The CSO AdHoc Committee for FAO Engagement (AHC), International Planning Committee (IPC), together with local CSO hosts: DHRRA Malaysia (member of AsiaDHRRA) and PANGGAU (member of La Via Campecina), with support from FAO Regional Office, organized the CSO Consultation in conjunction with the 33rd FAO Asia Pacific Regional Conference (APRC) on 5-6 March 2016.

The Civil Society Consultation is a self-organized meeting held before or in parallel to the FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference (APRC). It is meant to gather key actors from different constituencies and countries to discuss key topics pertinent to the region, evaluate what FAO has done in the previous biennium (according to what was agreed upon at the previous Regional Conference), and discuss on specific agenda items of the Conference. The CSOs also take stock of what has been done collectively in the region/sub-region or thematically in view of the call of actions they have made in the previous biennial meeting.  The CSO Consultation prepared the CSO delegates to the Technical and Official APRC on 7-11 March at the Putrajaya Convention Center in Putra Jaya, Malaysia.

The consultation was participated by at least 50 delegates, representing FO and CSOs, from at least 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Copies of the CSO Consultation documents may be downloaded from

AsiaDHRRA currently serves as the AHC Focal Point.

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AsiaDHRRA in the 6th Global Farmers Forum

Rome, Italy – AsiaDHRRA, represented by its Secretary General, participates in the 6th Global Farmers’ Forum held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) headquarters in Rome, Italy on 15-17 February 2016. This biennial forum is IFAD’s bottom-up process of consulting and having a dialogue with smallholders farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations across the world. It aims at strengthening effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and farmers organizations (FOs) in country programs, investment projects, and, at building FO’s capacity to engage in policy dialogue initiatives.

The Forum was followed by a number of knowledge management sessions organized by several IFAD’s partners. One of the side events was “Complementarities between Local and National Organizations,” which was hosted by AgriCord. AsiaDHRRA, as one of the presenters, shared the success story of Global Organic Wellness Corporation (GlowCorp)—a business venture with FOs, NGOs, and, individual supporters as incorporators/co-owners. Two of its FO co-owners are Pecuaria Development Cooperative (PDCI) and Cagayan Valley Organic Farmers’ Alliance (CAVOFA)—that are both members of PAKISAMA. AFA provided a perspective of the challenges confronted by smallholders in the Asian region.  The audience in the side event were impressed with Glow Corp’s experience and expressed interest to hearing and supporting more similar initiatives. AsiaDHRRA commits to support the economic development activities of its existing and potential partner-FOs, and, possibly linking them to Glow Corp and other similar ventures.

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National and Local Groups of Farmers Discuss Strengthening of Agri-Coops in PH

Quezon City, Philippines – At least 80 representatives of local and national farmers’ associations and cooperatives gather during the National Forum on Agri-Cooperatives on 27 November 2015 at Institute of Social Order, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. It was led by PAKISAMA, with support from AsiaDHRRA, CSA, We Effect, Trias, Agriterra, NATCCO, FSSI, PhilDHRRA, and AFA.

Coming from the 2015 IYFF+1 KLM-PE on 25-26 November 2015, wherein agri-cooperatives development was discussed as one of the key thematic areas for empowering family farmers, the national forum aimed at taking a closer look on the experiences, challenges, and lessons from developing agri-cooperatives in the country, in Asia, and in Europe.

In his keynote address, Chairperson Orlan Ravanera of the Cooperatives Development Authority, emphasized the importance of cooperativism in addressing development goals such as poverty alleviation, environmental protection, peace and order, among others. He also shared the recent policy issuances and support programs specifically for agri-cooperative developments.

Mr. Marek Poznanski of Belgium-based Collectif Strategis Alimentaires (CSA) shared the vital roles played by agricultural cooperatives in Europe. Mr. Jose Ebron of NATCCO presented the status and some success stories of agricultural cooperatives in the country. Ms. Vicky Serrato of AFA discussed the models and/or experiences of organizing agri-cooperatives among their members.

After the sharing sessions, participants were divided into four workshop groups to map out the profiles of participating farmers’ organizations, define the challenges confronting them, and identify opportunities and actions points for working together.

The participants all agreed to sustain the national forum and eventually establish a national federation of agri-cooperatives. They also to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of representatives from select farmer groups and the development partners and NGOs who supported the forum. The TWG will discuss and draft the roadmap for establishing the national federation; and, will then present it to a follow-up national consultation among the participating farmers’ organizations.
AsiaDHRRA would continue supporting this initiative by engaging its partner-FOs, PhilDHRRA’s partner-FOs, and, PAKISMA; and, through continued linkaging with NATCCO and other key stakeholders.

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IFAD/EU unveil 16 million euro ASEAN farmers’ organizations support program at the 37th Ministers meeting


Makati City — A new development programme designed to improve the income and food security of 10 million small-scale farmers and rural producers was launched earlier this month at the 37th meeting of the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in Makati City.

Supported by the European Union (EU) in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the 16 million euro ASEAN Farmers’ Organizations Support Programme (AFOSP) will assist farmers’ organizations to more effectively influence agriculture and food security policy on a national, regional and global level.

“Approximately 80 per cent of agriculture investments are made by smallholders who provide 80 per cent of the world’s food supply. These farmers deserve support from governments and international finance institutions,” said Hoonae Kim, Director, Asia and the Pacific, IFAD.


Some 40 national organizations and 300 local associations will benefit from AFOSP investments in agriculture services, training centres and marketing facilitation.

IFAD currently invests in rural development in eight ASEAN member countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines and Viet Nam.

As of the end of 2014, IFAD was providing more than US$1.8 billion in financing for 56 ongoing programmes and projects in 20 of the region’s 34 countries. With cofinancing by development partners and funds from governments and other domestic sources, these operations represent a total investment of more than $4.2 billion.


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