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AsiaDHRRA, CSA to hold North-South Learning Exchange Visit

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DHRRAs gather for 1st ReCoERDO-Asia Joint Project Advisors and Coordinators Meeting

Cebu City, Philippines – The Annual Regional Program Committee (RPC) assessment and planning of ReCoERDO-Asia was held last 3-4 April 2017 in Cebu City, Philippines. It was attended by members of Regional Project Management Team and National Project Coordinators from Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and, Thailand.
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The annual assessment and planning was also attended by members from the Project Advisory Committee (PAC): Dr. Hiroyuki Konuma (rural development), Ms. Rodora Babaran (ASEAN SOM-RDPE representative), Ms. Lany Rebagay (rural people’s organizations), Mr. Marek Poznanski (EU civil society), and,Ms. Dwi Astuti (AsiaDHRRA Chairperson).

With support from the EU, ReCoERDO-Asia is a 4-year program aiming to contribute to improvement of socio-economic well-being of members of rural people’s organizations by strengthening the service delivery capacities of rural development organizations (e.g. DHRRAs).

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AsiaDHRRA, WRF host side event during the 2017 APFSD

Bankok, Thailand – The World Rural Forum and AsiaDHRRA organized a side event: “The Contribution of Family Farming in Achieving SDGs in Asia” on 31 March 2017at UN Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand. This was organized as part of the 2017 Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development Forum (APFSD).

In the said side event, Dr. Daniel de Garibay, WRF Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, discussed the policies needed for family farmers to better contribute to achieving SDGs 1, 2, and, 14 in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Mags Catindig, AsiaDHRRA Program Officer, presented the network’s regional policy paper on “Localizing SDGs and ASEAN Vision: The Role of Rural Development Organizations and People’s Organizations”. Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section, Environment and Development Division of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Paci­fic (UNESCAP) acted as Discussant, while Dr. Hiroyuki Konuma, former FAO Assistant Director General for Asia-Pacific, served as Moderator of the side event.

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The 2017 APFSD is a regional intergovernmental forum that convenes annually in preparation for UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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


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


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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