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AsiaDHRRA co-organizes the Post-ACBF Planning Workshop with AFA, Farmers’ Organizations, & Agri-agencies

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As a follow through of Farmers’ organizations (FOs), Agri-agencies, and international development partners working together on agri-cooperatives across Asia, the Post – ACBF Planning Workshop with the theme “ASEAN Farmers Priorities, Strategies, Actions for Strengthening Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia” was held last 1-2 of December 2016 at Sulo Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines.

Around 77 delegates of Agri-agencies, FOs, and International Development partners from Asia and Europe gather together to take stock of current definitions, theory and practices, share and learn from successful experiences of managing agricultural cooperatives at bigger levels, and formulate concrete strategies and operations plan for building and strengthening agricultural cooperatives in the Asian Region at the country- and regional level. Moreover, the planning workshop results will serve as input for the ASEAN Working Group on Agricultural Cooperative (ASWGAC) towards the formulation of ASEAN Roadmap on Agricultural Cooperatives, and identify areas and action points for coop-to-coop and other stakeholders’ collaboration.

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AsiaDHRRA co-organizes the 6th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum

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Quezon City, Philippines – With the theme “Enhancing ASEAN Economic Collaboration through Cooperatives”, 6th ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum was held last 29 and 30November 2016 at Novotel Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines. It was a coming together of around 135 participants from Cooperative Development, Co-op and Farmer leaders, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Regional and International Development partners and other stakeholders in the  ASEAN Member – States Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Non-ASEAN country-delegates from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyztan attended the ACBF.

The event was jointly organized by Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) of the Republic of the Philippines, in cooperation with the ASEAN Center for Agricultural Cooperatives (ACEDAC) and the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Agricultural Cooperative (ASWGAC), and in partnership with ASEAN Farmers’ Organization Support Program (AFOSP) implemented by Asian Farmers’ Organization for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and La Via Campesina (LVC) together with regional CSOs and agri-agencies AsiaDHRRA, CSA, and We EFFECT, FFD – Finland, and international development partners Oxfam, IFAD, European Union, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and local/national Cooperative partners Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative (FPSDC), NutriWealth Multipurpose Cooperative, KaPandesal Multipurpose Cooperative, Philippine Army Finance – Producers Integrated Cooperative, GMA 7 Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative, MASS – SPECC Cooperative Development Center, FSSI, San Dionisio Credit Cooperative, LAMAC Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Peace and Equity Foundation, NSCC, PCC, Metro South Coop, HCSCCO, CLIMBS, Coop-NATCCO Network, and Fatima Credit Cooperative.

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10th AsiaDHRRA GA held in Vientianne, Lao PDR

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Representatives of DHRRA network-members, DHRRA country partners, and FO partners, key ASEAN officials, and government representatives of the Lao PDR, and international development partners attended AsiaDHRRA’s 10th General Assembly held in Vientiane, Lao PDR last 24-26 October 2016.

With the theme “Localizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and ASEAN Community 2025: The Role of Rural Development Organizations and Rural People’s Organizations”, the 10th AsiaDHRRA General Assembly was organized by AsiaDHRRA and LaoDHRRA platform members – Community Development and Environment Association (CDEA) and Sustainable Agriculture & Environment Development Association (SAEDA) where delegates exchanged ideas on pressing issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the ASEAN Vision 2025 particularly on rural development and poverty eradication.

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ASEAN to localise its vision in rural areas

(from ASEAN.org)

 

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VIENTIANE, 26 October 2016 – “The fruits of ASEAN regional integration have to be shared and enjoyed by all, including the rural poor, the vulnerable and underprivileged,” stated Dr AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs. He emphasised this in his keynote address at the 10th General Assembly of the Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (AsiaDHRRA) held on 24-26 October in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Further, DSG Mochtan said that “the bulk of the ASEAN population resides in rural areas, where our staple food is produced and where the very fabric of the society comes from and is woven of.”

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AsiaDHRRA co-organizes the Civil Society Forum on Engaging the AMAF

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Last August 22, 2016, the  CSO Forum on Engaging the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Attended by 21 CSO representatives coming from international, regional, and national Peoples’ Organizations and NGOs,  the CSO Forum on Engaging the AMAF was co-organized with AFA and Oxfam, and supported by the European Union under the ReCoERDO Asia Project.

  • Strengthen representation of CSOs in the upcoming SOM and AMAF Meetings;
  • Build consensus among CSOs on the priority issues and cooperation agenda before the SOM and AMAF meetings; and,
  • Develop an action plan to follow through and chart progress on the agenda/recommendations forwarded to AMAF.

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FAO, ASEAN, OECD conduct forum on food security and nutrition

Naypyidaw, Myanmar – AsiaDHRRA, together with AFA and partner CSOs in the region, participated in the Regional Conference on “Policies to Enable Food Security, Agricultural Productivity and Improved Nutrition” organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 14-15 June 2016 at the Hotel Amara in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

Marlene Ramirez, AsiaDHRRA’s Secretary General, presented the civil society inputs during the round-table session on Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration for Agriculture Productivity and Improved Food Security and Nutrition. She emphasized the importance of investing in strengthening the formation and organizing of smallholder farmers and food producers (as agri-cooperatives, if not associations) as an imperative to sustainable rural development and poverty eradication.

The conference was geared toward drawing together “policy research and experiences from around the region, the FAO and across the OECD countries to discuss the challenges and opportunities for policies to better enable food security, agricultural productivity and improved nutrition”, and was attended by at least 70 senior government and intergovernmental officials and civil society representatives. Oxfam and AsiaDHRRA jointly mobilized resources to support the participation of CSOs in the event.

AsiaDHRRA is an affiliate entity of ASEAN and a CSO-interlocutor of FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

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