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ADB, AsiaDHRRA host 2014 AgriCord General Assembly

26 November 2014, Pasig City, Philippines – The AgriCord held its Board Meeting and annual General Assembly on 26 and 28 November 2014, and was co-hosted by AsiaDHRRA and the ADB at its Headquarters in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines. The Advisory Committee to the Farmers’ Fighting Poverty composed of regional (continental) Farmers’ Organizations  was also convened and  pursued a thematic discussion on the role of  FOs in mobilizing investments and risk capital. IFAD HQ and Philippines, the ADB, and the agri-agencies provided relevant inputs during the session.
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PH Agri-agencies host IYFF Partnership Night

24 November 2014, Quezon City, Philippines – The agri-agencies in the Philippines (PH Synergy)—Agriterra, AsiaDHRRA, CSA, Trias,  and We Effect, —hosted the IYFF Knowledge Learning Market-Policy Engagement (IYFF KLM-PE) Partnership Night, which aimed to introduce AgriCord and PH Synergy to the engaging government agencies, partner farmers organizations, and other civil society groups.
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DHRRA celebrates 40th Anniversary

YANGON, MYANMAR – A simple gathering of some pioneers ,DHRRAs, and partners  marked the celebration of DHRRA 40th founding anniversary. The night was filled with sharing of stories, talents, and culture of DHRRAs.

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AsiaDHRRA convenes 9th General Assembly

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YANGON, MYANMAR — AsiaDHRRA successfully held its 9th General Assembly in Yangon, Myanmar on 2-4 October 2014, hosted by MyanDHRRA. In celebration of 2014 International Year of Family Farming, the GA’s theme is “Empowering Family Farmers and Building Resilient Communities in Rural Asia: The role of civil society organizations, government, and the donor community.”

 

Among the highlights of the event are the presentations from global (UN-FAO, AgriCord), regional (AFA, GIZ-BRIA, AsiaDHRRA), and local partners (FSWG-Myanmar) on sustainable development perspectives and initiatives for building partnerships towards empowered resilient grassroots communities; and, a panel discussion and small group discussions on four thematic priorities for civil society engagement: building resilient communities (KoDHRRA), developing social enterprises (Bina Swadaya), transforming agriculture governance (Action Aid), and, spirituality and rural development (InDHRRA).

 

The GA approved the “AsiaDHRRA Strategic Thrusts 2015 – 2020: Towards a vibrant farmers’ organizations and resilient agricultural communities.” The assembly has also elected the new set of Executive Committee for the period 2014-2018, as follow:

Ms. Dwi Astuti, InDHRRA – Chairperson
Mr. Saravanan Sinapan, DHRRA Malaysia – Vice Chairperson for SEAsia
Mr. Sung Lee, KoDHRRA – Vice Chairperson for North Asia
Mr. Kya Moo, MyanDHRRA – Vice Chairperson for Mekong
Ms. Wen-Chi Huang, TaiwanDHRRA – Woman-at-large
Ms. Marlene Ramirez – Secretary General

The Secretariat and the newly elected ExeCom will convene an operational planning by 1st quarter of 2015.

 

The three-day event was capped by a field visit in a farming-fishing village of La Har Yet in Thanlyn Township, Yangon Region. It was hosted by the Agriculture and Farmers’ Federation of Myanmar (AFFM).

 

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Asiadhrra to hold 9th General Assembly in Myanmar on October 2-4, 2014

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Asiadhrra will hold its 9th General Assembly on October 2-4, 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar.  The event will also commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the DHRRA Network which was born in 1974 in Swanganiwas, Thailand ushering the birth of country DHRRAs accompanied by CENDHRRA until 1994, when AsiaDHRRA was evolved to focus on the regional DHRRA network process. It will conclude with the approval by the General Assembly of  the AsiaDHRRA thrusts and strategic objectives for 2015-2020.

The General Assembly will commence with a Regional Forum on the theme of: “Empowering Family Farmers and Building Resilient Communities in Rural Asia:  The role of civil society organizations, government, and the donor community”.   (Please see attached a provisional Program).

It aims to bring together AsiaDHRRA partners in the development community to take stock of the progress of rural development and poverty eradication efforts in our region and identify strategic areas for action by the network and its members, hand in hand with many of its partners. It also hopes to create further convergence of understanding among  DHRRA leaders and development partners on the priority issues confronted by family farmers, small scale food producers, and marginalized rural communities in the context of the International Year of Family Farming 2014.  Likewise, having the GA in Myanmar will bring a deeper understanding among DHRRA leaders and partners of  the rural development context and strategic areas for cooperation in Myanmar, in light of the on-going and planned cooperation in the country with partner farmers’ organizations, CSOs, and other rural development players, including government.

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Kyone Ta Loke Farmers Association starts implementing its project

Kyone Ta Loke Farmers Association starts implementing its project

Around 80 KTLFA farmer leaders, members, representatives of 6 villages, local authorities, Caritas Pathein and AsiaDHRRA joined the project launching and start-up planning workshop.

A project launching and planning workshop was held recently in Kyone Ta Loke participated by officers, representatives from 6 villages and members of Kyone Ta Loke Farmers Association (KTLFA).  The launching and planning workshop is a start-up activity of KTLFA’s project entitled “Enhancing rice productivity and organizing for collective marketing” involving 3,500 farmers in Eimme Township, Myaungmya District in Ayeyarwaddy Division, Myanmar.

 

Lorna David of AsiaDHRRA briefed KTLFA officers and members about the financial reporting of the project.

Lorna David of AsiaDHRRA briefed KTLFA officers and members about the financial reporting of the project.

 

KTLFA gets support from AsiaDHRRA through Agricord’s “one for all-international coordination of support to farmers’ organizations” program (“DGIS 14ALL”), component 1 which draws funds from the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands for the  Farmers Fighting Poverty (FFP) Programme.

 

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The start-up planning workshop was aimed at 1) arriving a common understanding on the objectives, processes and outputs/deliverables expected from the project between and among Kyone Ta Loke Farmers Association, Karuna Pathein and AsiaDHRRA; 2)to discuss and agree on the implementation plan and schedule of key activities of the project; and provide guidance on the reporting requirements of the project.

 

KTLFA President, Mr. Michael Tun signed the agreement of cooperation with AsiaDHRRA while Fr. Henry Eikhlein, Director of Caritas Pathein and representative of the local government witnessed the signing of the agreement.

KTLFA President, Mr. Michael Tun signed the agreement of cooperation with AsiaDHRRA while Fr. Henry Eikhlein, Director of Caritas Pathein and representative of the local government witnessed the signing of the agreement.

 

Representatives from the local authorities, Caritas Pathein and AsiaDHRRA came to participate in the project launching and workshop, including the signing of the Agreement of Cooperation between and among KTLFA, Caritas Pathein and AsiaDHRRA.

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