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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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PAKISAMA bags 2nd ASEAN Leadership Award on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication

Quezon City, Philippines – The Pambasang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) is  the Philippines’ official recipient nominee of the 2nd ASEAN Leadership Awards on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication. It is held bienially in conjunction with the ASEAN Ministers Meeting for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication.

The ASEAN – RDPE Leadership Award aims to recognize the outstanding achievement and contribution of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) towards rural development and poverty eradication. PAKISAMA, together with other nominees from 10 ASEAN Member States, will receive the award during the 4th ASEAN Forum on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and Related Events on 15-17 October 2015 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

AsiaDHRRA conceptualized the rural development leadership award and offered it to ASEAN  as a concrete form of cooperation with civil society working for sustainable rural development, with the aim of promoting efforts of civil society, including grassroots organizations, that are contributory to ASEAN’s goal of people-centered and people-driven society.

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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 attends 10th ASEAN SOC-COM Coordinating Conference

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Jakarta, Indonesia – AsiaDHRRA, represented by its Secretary General, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, participated in the 10th Coordinating Conference on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (SOC-COM), with a theme “Framing the ASCC 2015” on 20-21 May 2015 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The conference served as platform for broad consultation on the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, ASCC Attendant Documents, and, terms of reference for key ASCC mechanisms.

AsiaDHRRA is among the selected regional entities associated with ASEAN that was invited to sit in the SOC-COM.

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AsiaDHRRA presents CSO perspective during SOM-RDPE Special Meeting


Pasig City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA, represented by its Secretary General, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, and Program Manager, Mr. Nonoy Villas, participated in the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Devleopment and Poverty Reduction (SOMRDPE) Special Meeting to Develop the Framework Action Plan on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (2016-2020) on 16-17 April 2015 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Ms. Ramirez was also invited to present civil society’s perspectives, as an ASEAN affiliated CSO, on the emerging challenges in poverty reduction and how these could impact on the new RDPE framework action plan. In her presentation, Ms. Ramirez emphasised the importance of investing in human resource development, in strengthening rural peoples’ organizations and re-affirmed the view of RDPE leaders that the key components of the current RDPE FAP remains valid for the next cycle. ­
AsiaDHRRA is among the regional entities affiliated to ASEAN.

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AsiaDHRRA in the ASEAN Assessment Workshop on the MDG Achievements

Pasig City, Philippines –  AsiaDHRRA, represented by Ms. Mags Catindig, Program Officer, had the opportunity to join the ASEAN Regional Assessment Workshop on the Millennium Development Goals Achievement and Post-2015 Development Priorities on 14-15 April 2015 at Crowne Plaza, in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The workshop was attended by official delegates of the member states to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

The draft assessment report presented indicates that, in general, poverty in the region has been reduced, but, this achievement is uneven among its countries and within countries with at least 160 million rural populations and ethnic minorities still living on less than $2 per day. Girls and women have gained more access to education and economic empowerment and reduced health risks. The report also shows that while access to water sources and sanitation systems have improved, there has been rapid increased in the deforestation and carbon dioxide emission in the region along with economic growth.

Along the task of MDG agenda completion, the region also gears up for the post-2015 challenges and new sustainable development goals. ASCC Deputy Secretary-General Alicia Bala presented the ASEAN initiatives relevant to the MDG and the initial ASEAN Community Vision 2015 and ASCC Attendant Document, to provide overview of the region’s efforts to attaining sustainable development goals.
AsiaDHRRA is among the regional entities affiliated to ASEAN.

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