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AgriCord, AsiaDHRRA in ADB’s 48th Annual Meeting

inclusive growth adb flyer-1Baku, Azerbaijan – AgriCord, represented by Mr. Noel Monteyne, Programs Coordinator  and, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, Board Member and AsiaDHRRA Secretary General, attended the ADB’s 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors on 2-5 May 2015 at Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Mr. Monte served as resource person during civil society’s side panel discussion on “Inclusive Growth and Food Security.” He talked about AgriCord’s Farmers Fighting Poverty model with emphasis on mobilizing farmers organizations for effective utilization of development financing.  Ms. Ramirez, Secretary General of AsiaDHRRA, acted as Moderator for the said session, which was co-organized with Oxfam.

She was also invited to speak in the panel session organized by Plan International and OISCA with a theme: “Lessons in Disaster: Creating Resilient Communities.” In her presentation, Ms. Ramirez discussed AsiaDHRRA’s experience in the establishment of Post-Haiyan Fund Facility in the Philippines to respond to the huge requirements to rebuild agricultural livelihoods and farms of smallholders in the areas damaged by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Through the Facility with leveraged funds from AgriCord and Fondation de France, farmers’ organizations and local associations have had direct access to financing not as beneficiaries but as direct proponents and implementers of their own projects.  
 
The 48th ADB Meeting was participated by approximately 3,000 government officials, business leaders, academics, journalists, and representatives from civil society and development organizations.

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Midterm evaluation of Post-Haiyan Fund Facility commenced

Quezon City, Philippines – From 9-15 April 2015, an interim external evaluation of AsiaDHRRA’s Post-Haiyan (Yolanda) Fund Facility for Local Initiatives was conducted to identify challenges and opportunities for improvement in the management, project strategies, implementation processes, relationship with partners in preparation for the second phase of the project beginning May 2014. The evaluation was carried out by Mr. Roel Ravanera, Executive Director of the Xavier Science Foundation and former Dean of the School of Agriculture of the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro.

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With support from Fondation de France and AgriCord, AsiaDHRRA set up the said fund facility for rehabilitation projects of affected farmers’ organizations (FOs). Currently, the fund facility supports eight (8) FOs covering 12 municipalities in Palawan, Leyte, Tacloban, and, Samar; and, directly benefiting 1, 511 farmers, fisherfolks and IPs to date.

 

 

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Karuna Pathein, AsiaDHRRA launch Rice Value Chain Study in Myanmar

Rice value study03052015Pathein, Myanmar – The  Karuna Myanmar Social Services Diocese of Pathein (Karuna Pathein) and AsiaDHRRA are pleased to announce the publication of the Rice Value Chain Study Report in Einme Township of Ayeyarwaddy Region.

This study has been made possible with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and AgriCord.

To request a copy of the book, please email: asiadhrra@asiadhrra.org

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NACF, ICAO, AsiaDHRRA discuss possible cooperation

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Seoul, South Korea – AsiaDHRRA secretariat, together with its former Chairperson Dr. Wen-Chi Huang, met with Mr. Gwang-Seog Hong of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, and, Ms. Hyo-suk Park of the International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO) on 27 February 2015 to discuss how NACF and ICAO could support the Farmers Fighting Poverty (FFP) of AgriCord, particularly in Asia.

NACF is a federation of 1,555 primary agricultural cooperatives with an estimated 2.4 million member-farmers. NACF provides its members with education and business supports through research and development, marketing, financing, savings, and insurance. NACF owns one of the largest agricultural supermarket and bank in Korea.

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GILL shares its Lifelong Learning Approach

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Gyeonggi-do, South Korea – Dr. Sung Lee, President of Gyeonggi-do Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL), and, AsiaDHRRA’s Vice Chairperson for North Asia, shared the Golden Triangle Project approach, which puts premium on creating sustainable job opportunity while building a “happiness learning community.” In this approach, GILL has developed a tool, dubbed as “Happiness Index,” which provides quantitative indication of happiness level of beneficiaries before, during, and, after participating in lifelong learning activities.
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Dr. Lee also shared their action learning strategy—a continuous process of learning and reflecting to get things done through group work.

This sharing-learning session is part of AsiaDHRRA’s strategy to gather, document, and popularize DHRRA’s capacity building tools/methodologies.

After the sharing, members of the AsiaDHRRA’s ExeCom and Secretariat visited Suwon Lifelong Learning Center at Suwon Global Village–one of the 52 villages being supported by GILL.
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The sharing-learning session culminated with a short visit in GILL’s office at Gyeonggi Do Lifelong Learning Center in Suwon.

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AsiaDHRRA gears up for its new 5-year strategic plan

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Gyeonggi-do, South Korea – Members of the Executive Committee and secretariat gathered for a 2-day planning-workshop on 24-25 February 2015 in Gyeonggi-do Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning Institute Training Center, Suwon Si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

The 2015-2020 strategic plan, with a theme: “Towards a vibrant rural people’s organizations and resilient agricultural communities,” affirms the DHRRA’s tradition of building solidarity among farmers, their organizations and their partners in the ASEAN region and at the global level. Against the background of global and regional developments, AsiaDHRRA’s future work would address three key challenges:

  • The development and growth of rural people’s organizations that are able to 1) benefit from the economic opportunities resulting from the increasing volume of traded agricultural food and commodities; 2) effectively influence policies and participate in public agricultural programs; 3) deliver services to their members to support increased production, better agricultural services, effective natural resource management, and cares for the nutrition of women and children and 4) establish effective local mechanisms to address disaster risk reduction and post disaster agricultural rehabilitation.
  • Complementarity and relationships between and among civil society organizations and rural people’s organizations, in particular CSOs’ facilitating role in policy dialogues with government and various food and agriculture governance bodies, in the engagement with private sectors, and in their participation in public programs;
  • The strengthening of the AsiaDHRRA network and its member DHRRAs as support organizations and agri-agencies providing services to rural people’s organizations and as catalysts of development processes and mechanisms needed to broaden and deepen the impact of its collective work.

The ExeCom discussed the details of the operational framework of the new strategic plan and mandated the secretariat to finalize the document based on the Gyeongg-do meeting. The 2015 Annual Plan shall be firmed up accordingly.

Final copy of 2015-2020 Strategic Thrust would be made available online soon.

 

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