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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.

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AsiaDHRRA is a an affiliated CSO of the ASEAN since 2004.

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AsiaDHRRA shares stories of family farmers’ post-yolanda recovery

AsiaDHRRA is pleased to share its latest video highlighting some of the results of farmers organizations’ (FOs’) projects that are being supported through the Post-Yolanda Fund Facility for Local Initiatives (Year 1). The supported FO-managed projects have assisted them in coping during the early days after the disaster, renewed their livelihood and have prepared them to plan ahead their economic activities. These positive developments can be observed in the fields that they till, the communal gardens that they set up and the farm and business plans they formulated.

A major contributory factor to this initial success is the framework that the Fund Facility adopted. It has put the FOs in the driver seat with the objective not only of coping with disasters but in overcoming poverty. This is complemented by the crosscutting support of capacity building, enhancing resiliency and platform building.

To know more about the program, please visit: Post Yolanda Fund Facility

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CDEA, AsiaDHRRA launch Value Chain Study on Khao Kai Noy in Laos

AFCXiengkouan, Lao PDR – The Community Development and Environment Association (CDEA) and AsiaDHRRA are pleased to announce the publication of the Khao Kai Noy (Little Chicken Rice) Value Chain Study Report in eight villages in Pek District, Xiengkouan province in Laos PDR. This is related to the project cooperation with Farmers Association in Khanvieng Zone (FAKZ) on “Enhancing the Capacities of 3,000 Farmers in Integrated Farming Systems and Developing Collective Marketing for Khao Kai Noy Special Rice.”

CDEA, a LaoDHRRA member, was responsible for the conduct of the value chain study, which has been made possible with the support of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and AgriCord.

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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.












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.

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