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AsiaDHRRA launches its new program: ReCoERDO Asia

Jogjakarta, Indonesia — DHRRA representatives from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with partners from regional and global development organizations, such as the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Foundation, Asian Farmers Association, Collectif Strategis Allimentaires, and, World Rural Forum, gathered last 18 May 2016 at Sheraton Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the launching of a new regional program for rural peoples of Asia called, Regional Cooperation to Empower Rural Development Organizations in Asia or ReCoERDO-Asia.

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ReCoERDO-Asia is a regional program that aims to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic well-being of members of rural people’s organization in Southeast Asia through strengthened capacity of CSOs in responding to rural development issues.

It is a cooperation with the European Union under the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) to operationalize AsiaDHRRA network’s vision of self-reliant organized rural communities that are just, free, prosperous, living in peace and working in solidarity. In doing so, the action is geared toward strengthening the network’s capacities and optimizing its established leadership and social capital in the regions towards the improvement of the socio-economic well-being of members of RPOs in Asia.

Specifically, ReCoERDO – Asia aims to:
1. Strengthen the organizational capacities of the CSOs in delivering effective services to rural peoples’ organizations;
2. Strengthen the role and engagement of the AsiaDHRRA network in regional and global platforms; and,
3. Empower grassroots rural peoples’ organizations by building capacity to effectively engage public and private.

Dr. Hiroyuki Konuma, former Assistant Director-General (ADG) and Regional Representative for Asia and Pacific of FAO (UN), now Senior Advisor to the President of Asia Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand, graced the launching. In his speech he said that was very honoured to be part of the ReCoERDO – Asia Project, and have accepted the invitation of AsiaDHRRA to be part of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) in recognition of the network’s critical works and contribution for rural development in the region. He continued, “…support for rural population is imperative if we want food security”. He also stressed that development support should not only focus on traditional agri-production but instead should approach rural development in a much broader way to encompass value-chain, farmers-market linkages, making sure that their produce is much needed by consumers.

Soestrisno Kusumohadi, Vice-Chairman of InDHRRA (Indonesia Development Partnership for Human Resources in Rural Areas), and one of AsiaDHRRA’s Council of Elders said, “for many years, the voices of rural peoples in Asia were put on the sideline by governments. This program will strengthen Asian rural peoples in voicing out their issues, but more so, [it] will be done in terms of enhancing their capacities to participate in development.”

“With the launching of this new regional program, the many potentials of Asian rural peoples Organizations will be unleashed,” this according Marlene Ramirez, Secretary General for AsiaDHRRA.

For Dwi Astuti, InDHRRA’s Executive Director and concurrent AsiaDHRRA Chairperson, “in the end ReCoERDO – Asia is more than just an agreement between the European Commission and AsiaDHRRA. It is re-building human relationships among rural peoples.” ReCoERDO–Asia will be implemented in 8 countries across Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and, Thailand together with the national DHRRAs and other partners of AsiaDHRRA.

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AsiaDHRRA to launch ReCoERDO-Asia

Slide1Yogyakarta, Indonesia — AsiaDHRRA will be formally launching its new program, entitled, Regional Cooperation to Empower Rural Development Organizations in Asia or ReCoERDO-Asia on 18 May 2016 in Sheraton Resort, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

AsiaDHRRA has recently signed a five-year Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission (EC). The FPA aims to:

  • Develop the capacities of Rural Peoples Organizations (RPOs) and Rural Development non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through the empowerment and unleashing of human resource potentials of local people; and,
  • Promote a stronger participation in policy-making processes through effective lobby and engagement with policy makers and the donor community at national, regional, and global levels.

The said FPA will be operationalised through the implementation of ReCoERDO-Asia.

ReCoERDO-Asia is a regional program that aims to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic well-being of members of rural people’s organization in Southeast Asia through strengthened capacity of CSOs in responding to rural development issues.

The program will be implemented in eight countries: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and, Thailand together with the national DHRRAs and other partners of AsiaDHRRA.

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AsiaDHRRA, EC sign 5-year Framework Partnership Agreement

8a fpa signing1Brussels, Belgium – AsiaDHRRA, represented by its Secretary General, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, signed the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission (EC), represented by Mr. Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.  The FPA is a five-year development cooperation between the Commission and select global and regional umbrella civil society organizations.

The FPA between EC and AsiaDHRRA aims to:

  1. Develop the capacities of Rural Peoples Organizations (RPOs) and Rural Development non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through the empowerment and unleashing of human resource potentials of local people; and,
  2. Promote a stronger participation in policy-making processes through effective lobby and engagement with policy makers and the donor community at national, regional, and global levels.

To operationalize the FPA, AsiaDHRRA and EC is set to sign a grant agreement on the implementation of Regional Cooperation to Empower Rural Development Organizations in Asia (ReCoERDO-Asia).

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AsiaDHRRA Secretariat Gears up for 2016

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Baguio City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA Secretariat held its 2015 Assessment and 2016 Annual Planning on 23-27 February 2016. The annual assessment cum planning workshop also served as preliminary operational planning as the network prepares for its new flagship program for 2016-2016: Regional Cooperation on Empowering Rural Development Organizations in Asia (ReCoERDO-Asia).

 

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AsiaDHRRA, MyanDHRRA to host workshop on market empowerment of small farmers

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This training workshop aims to develop understanding of participants and enhance their skills in utilizing available strategies and tools to build small producers market bargaining power.  The participants’ insights and views will also serve as guide in succeeding capacity building activities.

The participants include representatives from national and local farmers’ organizations, civil society/NGOs, and faith-based groups interested and working with/for the empowerment of small men and women producers.

The training activity is part of the capacity building component of the “Preparing the Grounds to Strengthen Farmers’ Organizations” in Myanmar project of AsiaDHRRA and MyanDHRRA.  The project is financed through the AgriCord cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

For further details, please e-mail Nonoy Villas at asiadhrra@asiadhrra.org

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FO Leaders from Yolanda Affected Areas Visit Successful Agri-Coops

Batangas, Philippines – Nine farmer leaders representing farmers associations in the provinces of Eastern Samar and Leyte (Region 8) and the province of Palawan went on learning visits to Soro-Soro Ibaba Development Cooperative (SIDC) on 23 November 2015 and to Buklod Unlad Multi Purpose Cooperative on 28 November 2015. Both cooperatives are located in the province of Batangas and are engaged in successful commercial-scale hog raising with auxiliary business operations such as feed milling and meat processing.

In 2014, with support from Fondation de France and AgriCord, AsiaDHRRA launched a funding facility, dubbed as Post-Yolanda Fund for Local Initiatives to extend assistance to farmers’ and fisherfolks’ organizations (FOs) affected by the super-typhoon Yolanda. The objective of the program is to rehabilitate the farming and fishing activities in the affected areas, especially after the end of the relief operations.

One of the strategies implemented by FOs was to immediately plant fast growing crops for household consumption while, at the same time, looking at long-term livelihood. Before the onslaught of the ST Yolanda, the most of the partner-farmers were used to monocropping systems. Through the program, they were introduced to “integrated, diversified and organic farming systems” or IDOFS, which include animal raising.

In the course of project implementation, there was an increased interest on hog raising, especially among Region 8 partners. The farmer leaders saw a good business potential with the increased numbers of hogs being raised in their respective communities. They started considering possible processing and marketing for their produce. Thus, the famer leaders decided to conduct learning visit to successful cooperatives, such as SIDC and Buklod Unlad, with hog production business.

For over 40 years, the SIDC  evolved from a small consumer store cooperative to a diversified hog feed milling and hog producer’s cooperative with over Php 1.8 Billion in assets. It provides almost complete services to its members’ hog production– from pig stocks, feeds, veterinary extension services, marketing, and, meat processing, among others. Meanwhile, founded in 1991, Buklod Unlad is a smaller hog producing cooperative having about Ph 350M in assets.

During the visit with SIDC, SIDC expressed interest to expand its membership-based in Region 8. Buklod Unlad, on the other hand, committed to share with the farmer leaders some of their technical processes in raising hogs. They are willing to provide them with training when needed.
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The learning visit provided opportunity for the farmer leaders to understand the concept of cooperative and how it can benefit to small farmers and fishers. Also interesting for them is the hog production processes employed by the two cooperatives and the services extended to their respective members. Such processes and services help reduce economic-related risks to the small farmer-members.

The visit raised hopes for the farmer leaders; it provided them with concrete models and actions that could be adopted in their respective areas. But, most importantly, they realised the need to work together, especially in consolidating small municipal associations in the provincial level to achieve economy of scale.

The nine farmers associations from Region 8 is currently organizing itself into a Region 8 Farmers Alliance or R8 Alliance.
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