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AsiaDHRRA co-organizes 2017 KLMPE in PH

Mandaluyong City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA co-organized the 2017 Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement (KLMPE) with the theme: “Moving towards Inclusive Rural Transformation” held on 27 – 28 November 2017 at ADB Headquarters. This annual event was co-organized among development partners—IFAD and ADB, the Department of Agrarian Reform, and civil society/farmers groups including Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), MTCP 2 Philippines, Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA), Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Trias, and We Effect.

Around 250 representatives of local farmers organizations, government agencies, and, civil society groups participated in the event. AsiaDHRRA partners from Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and, Vietnam also participated in the event.

KLMPE brought the opportunity to share success stories, good practices, initiatives, and innovations, and discuss current situations of the farmers, farmer organizations, the government, and CSOs. The event also marked the 4th year celebration of the International Year of Family Farming.

In one of the sessions, AsiaDHRRA Program Manger Florante Jesus Villas presented the Farmers Fighting Poverty framework and supported projects as an approach for  promoting inclusive rural transformation.

AsiaDHRRA holds back-to-back Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Visits

Rice producers and livestock raiser participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar at Pecuaria Development Cooperative Inc. in Bula, Camarines Sur.

Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA convened back-to-back Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Learning Visit on Livestock and Rice Production, and Honey Products social enterprises. The visits were held on 26 – 02 December 2017 in Batangas, Metro Manila, Camarines Sur, Laguna, Cebu, and, Cavite. This learning visit was participated by over 30 farmer leaders, and, DHRRA representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and, Vietnam.

The participants visited various livestock and rice production institutions, cooperatives, and enterprises on honey products. These include the Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative, Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative, Pecuaria Development Cooperative, Inc., Cam Sur Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bicol Federation of Dairy Cooperative, Global Organic and Wellness Corporation, International Rice Research Institute, Clarita’s Bee Farm, Dad’s Organic Farm, Dionem’s Pure Honey, Ilog Maria HoneyBee Farm, Milea Bee Farm, Purple Bee Shop & Café (Philippine Bee Hives and Natural Products, Inc.), Dielle’s Apiary and Meadery, and Neyzu’s Beekeeping Products & Services.

Beekeeper participants from Phuc Thanh Farmers Union of Vietnam at Purple Bee shop and Cafe in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange aimed building capacities, solidarities, linkages, and relationships among partners-farmers of AsiaDHRRA. It is a proven method to help improve small producers’ organizational and technical capacities to increase their productivity and contribute to the over-all efforts at reducing rural poverty.

AsiaDHRRA co-organizes 2017 ASEAN Civil Society Conference—ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2017

Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA co-organized the 2017 ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN Peoples’ Forum, with the theme: “Beyond Boundaries: Strengthening Peoples’ Solidarities for a Just, Equitable, and Humane Southeast Asia,” held on 10 – 13 November 2017 at the University of the Philippines Diliman. It was attended by various civil society organizations and people’s organizations, across the ASEAN Region.

The event focused on highlighting and strengthening Asean peoples’ solidarities and convergences in building alternative forms of regionalism towards a just, equitable and humane Southeast Asia. The forum also tried to re-conceptualize civil society engagement with ASEAN based on principles of non- discrimination and autonomy of CSOs.

AsiaDHRRA, together with Oxfam, Action Aid, and PAN-AP, hosted one of the sub-workshops within Convergence Space on Corporate Greed and Power: “Identifying impact and threats to communities”. The sub-workshop objective was to better understand corporate greed and power and its impact to local communities’ lives, especially to food sovereignty vis-à-vis land rights.

The outputs and other related forum materials may be downloaded from here.

AsiaDHRRA holds Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange on Dairy Research and Enterprises in PH

LCFU delegates at the International Conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development organized by the PCC and SEARCA

Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA hosted a Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Learning Visit on Carabao Research and Support Institutions, and Related Enterprises held on 23 – 29 October 2017 in Laguna and Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Six farmer leaders from Lao Cai Farmers Union of Vietnam (LCFU) participated in the learning visit.

The participants visited the DVF Dairy Farm, Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), and Milka Krem  in Nueva Ecija. They also went to Dairy Training and Research Institute at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

LCFU delegates also attended the International Conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development organized by the PCC and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture.

AsiaDHRRA co-organizes the 6th ASEAN RDPE PPP Forum

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – AsiaDHRRA co-organized the 6th ASEAN Public Private People Forum on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication held on 05 October 2017. This year’s theme focused on “Rural Transformation: Enhancing Human Capital towards a Resilient Rural Community.”

 It was attended by representatives from ASEAN Member States, private sectors, development partners, civil society groups, and, ASEC. AsiaDHRRA , its member-DHRRAs and national FO partners also participated in the forum.

The forum aimed at fostering knowledge sharing and learning on RDPE approaches being employed by various sectors in pursuit of building resilient communities. Outcome Statement and other materials presented during the forum may be downloaded from here.

AsiaDHRRA is an NGO affiliate of the ASEAN

AsiaDHRRA at the 14th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – AsiaDHRRA’s Secretary General, Ms. Marlene D. Ramirez, together with Elaine Tan of ASEAN Foundation, participated in the 14th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (SOMRDPE) held on 02 – 03 October 2017. Ms. Ramirez presented before the Senior RDPE Official of ASEAN Member States the milestones and achievements of AsiaDHRRA-SOMRDPE Partnership Framework, which was approved during the 13th SOMRDE.

The new Chair from Malaysia, Datuk Borjam Bin Dolen, encouraged the further strengthening of the Partnership, especially thru more concrete actions like South-South Learning Exchanges.

AsiaDHRRA is an NGO affiliate of the ASEAN