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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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CSOs hold pre-AMAF Meeting

Makati City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA, Asian Farmers Association, and Oxfam hosted Civil Society Organizations’ Forum on Engaging the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), which aimed at developing and building consensus on common and priority issues that CSOs could focus on their AMAF policy engagements. It was held on 09 September 2015 at AIM Conference Center, Makati City and was attended by at least 35 participants representing regional and national farmers organizations, non-government organizations, and, development agencies.
The 36th AMAF Meeting was hosted by Philippines last 10 September 2015. The AMAF presents a good opportunity for influencing agenda and decision on matters important to food security and sustainable agricultural development. It has created platforms such as such as the ASEAN integrated Framework on Food Security (AIFS) and the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFFC) to coordinate the action of its Member States, and to foster greater regional cooperation on food security and on climate change, respectively.

1499607_10207813713724261_2432464838902742135_nMarlene Ramirez, AsiaDHRRA Secretary General, shared AsiaDHRRA’s initiatives in engaging with the ASEAN, particularly through the SOM for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). One key lesson from its experience is the importance of anchoring constructive engagements at the national/local level to sustain the engagement process.

Copies of presentations and proceedings may be downloaded from:
AsiaDHRRA is a an affiliated CSO of the ASEAN since 2004.

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AsiaDHRRA organizes MTCP 2’s learning exchange forum on seeds

8 December 2014, Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA organized a forum, entitled: “Harvesting Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities on Seeds in Asia and the Pacific: A Learning Exchange Forum” on 5-7 December 2014 at Brentwood Suits, Quezon City, Philippines.   It was participated in by FO representatives from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands who belong to the MTCP2 cooperation among farmers’ organizations. Continue Reading →

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ADB, AsiaDHRRA host 2014 AgriCord General Assembly

26 November 2014, Pasig City, Philippines – The AgriCord held its Board Meeting and annual General Assembly on 26 and 28 November 2014, and was co-hosted by AsiaDHRRA and the ADB at its Headquarters in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines. The Advisory Committee to the Farmers’ Fighting Poverty composed of regional (continental) Farmers’ Organizations  was also convened and  pursued a thematic discussion on the role of  FOs in mobilizing investments and risk capital. IFAD HQ and Philippines, the ADB, and the agri-agencies provided relevant inputs during the session.
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AsiaDHRRA Statement in support to the “KM71 Martsang Magniniyog” (coconut farmers’ march) in the Philippines

In support to the cause of 71 coconut farmers from the Philippines undertaking a long march to ask the President of the Philippines to establish a coconut farmers trust fund and in support to measures to ensure agrarian reform is fully implemented in the country



We, member-participants to the 9th Assembly of AsiaDHRRA, a network of rural development NGO networks in Asia, gathered here in the building of Catholic Bishops Conference of Myanmar (CBCM), Yangon, Myanmar on 2-4 October, 2014, have learned about the cause of our partner PAKISAMA, a member of Asian Farmers Association (AFA), in pursuing the establishment of a 71 billion-peso coconut farmers trust fund, and their continuous advocacy for agrarian reform implementation. Continue Reading →

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Asiadhrra presents at first CSO 101 Brown Bag Session in ASEAN HQ

AsiaDHRRA, together with the Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme for South and Southeast Asia (NTFP-EP),  ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and SDC  co-organized the first CSO 101 Brown Bag Event for the Civil Society Organizations & the Agriculture and Forestry Sector in the ASEAN Region held on 17 February 2012 at the Hibiscus Ballroom, ASEAN, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ms. Lany Rebagay presented “Engaging ASEAN on Agriculture and Sustainable Rural Development: The AsiaDHRRA-AFA Experience”.  And Muhammad Nuruddin, of AFA-Aliansi Petani Indonesia presented the view from the Farmers’ Organization on ASEAN engagement.

The Brown Bag Session aims to provide various perspectives, approaches used by various CSOs, highlight positive examples for CSO-government collaborations and identify key themes and points where ASEAN-CSO engagement and constructive dialogue in the forestry and agricultural sector.

The fruitful one day session came out with the following Lesson and Recommendations towards Meaningful Engagement between the ASEAN and CSO

1. There is ‘space’ in the agriculture and forestry sector in the ASEAN as underscored in the ASEAN charter. This ‘space’ should be optimized. The ‘space’ has to be mapped out and clearly outlined. This may include setting up informal and formal mechanisms to allow a more active participation in CSOs.

  • There is a need to establish legitimacy in the engagement. There is a need to build institutional structures that facilitates discussion of issues.
  • The ASEAN secretariat can promote intensive engagement in various ASEAN initiatives and facilitate linkaging for CSOs’ engagements with particular member states.

2.  The ‘language’ in the space is not defined. There is a need to define what is the process, what are the rules of engagement, and who are the actors.

  • There is a need to have a process in articulation of dialogues with the ASEAN bodies. There is a need to filter out conflicts to have dialogues with the ASEAN.
  • Map out the institutions/CSOs in the region, and encourage diverse CSOs to engage with the ASEAN bodies.
  • CSOs across the region may need to organize themselves, identify issues and interest and concretize what to bring to bring forth for high level discussions and engagements with ASEAN bodies, member states and their representatives.

3.  Funding support is needed for consistent participation and to develop resources to translate relevant information that will be carried out into actions and engagements.

  • Development partner (funding agencies) of ASEAN recognizing the potential contribution of CSOs may need to allocate funds to CSOs.

4.  It has to be clear who is represented and whose voices is spoken. Peoples/communities have the to be given the opportunity to articulate for themselves and not necessarily having an intermediary. Who frames the issues and the language used matters.

5.  There is a need to further have ‘infrastructure’ building, form networks among peers, among governments to learn from each other.

  • Networks can facilitate increasing the level awareness on issues of representatives and government bodies and continue to build capacities of CSOs (provide trainings, sharing information, etc)

6. Generate concise, practical information targeted for a given agenda. The nature of information, how it is provided, and timeliness of information given is relevant.

Summary of Panel Discussion Key Points – CSO 101 Brown Bag Event, 16 February 2012

View the video presentation by NTFP about CSOs and NGOs


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