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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asiadhrra facilitates Farm and Livelihood Rehabilitation Projects in Typhoon Yolanda Affected Areas in the Philippines
By Cezar Belangel, Program Manager
AsiaDHRRA joined hands with farmer-fisherfolk associations in the rehabilitation efforts in the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected areas in the Visayas Region and in Palawan Province.
Together with Fondation de France and AgriCord, AsiaDHRRA set up the Post Yolanda Fund for Local Initiatives which initially channeled a total of 20 Million Pesos for rehabilitation projects, 80% of which are grant and 20% local counterpart, to four farmer-fisherfolk associations, namely, Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uumang Ormocanon, Inc. (KAMAO, Inc) based in Ormoc City covering 15 barangays; Unahin Lagi Ang Diyos – Bito Lake Fisherfolk and Farmers Association (UNLAD-BLFFA) based in McArtur, Leyte covering 3 barangays; Southeastern Samar PO Consortium (SEaSPOC) covering the municipalities of Lawaan, Salcedo, and Guiuan with a total of 9 barangays ; and Tagbanua Tribe of Coron Island Association, Inc. (TTCIA) of Coron, Palawan with 2 barangays.
The farmer-fisherfolk associations launched their projects in their respective communities last May 16 and 17, 2014. In attendance during the launch were the members and Board of Trustees of each association, representatives from local government unit (barangay and municipal level), representatives from the Department of Agriculture, NGO partners, and AsiaDHRRA. During the project launch, the leaders briefed their members, partners, and local officials about the project and responded to clarifications and suggestions from the community. The public launching was viewed as a good exercise towards a transparent and participatory project governance. The memorandum of agreement between AsiaDHRRA and the concerned association was also signed before the community members.
The projects aim to support the participating families to revive their farming and fishing livelihood activities as the relief operations of the government and many local and international humanitarian organizations begin to wind down. The projects will embark on “cash for work” strategy to encourage the participating families in clearing their farms with fallen debris, and planting of short duration vegetables and crops following an integrated diversified organic farming system, and re-establishing their sea-based livelihood (e.g. seaweed farming). In addition, the projects will provide farming or fishing inputs and materials.
While the priority objective of the projects is to revive the farming-fishing livelihood activities, they also put importance in creating family and organizational vision for their farms or fishing activities – with serious consideration on the twin issue of production and marketing. To do this, the projects will provide opportunities to the participating families to formulate their farm plans, and join several capability building activities to increase their individual and collective awareness, knowledge and skills.
AsiaDHRRA looks at this rehabilitation initiative within a development paradigm. At the core of this initiative, AsiaDHRRA puts importance in building the capacity of the farmer-fisherfolk association as member-based organizations to become active participants in the entire development process of their communities. Non-government organizations and other well-established development institutions were tapped to provide technical support and expertise, backed up with clear terms of reference or partnership agreement with the local association.
The development partners/service providers supporting the cooperation with local FOs are the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in rural areas (PhilDHRRA), Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc (GDFI), Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), Philippine Association of Foundations for Intercultural Development,Inc. (PAFID); the Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies – Visayas State University (ISRDS-VSU), Social Action Center of Leyte, and the Save Our Biodiversity Aggrupation (SOBA).
AsiaDHRRA also participates in broad-based meetings on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation to optimize opportunities for collaboration. It also initiated meetings with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Peace and Equity Foundation, and International NGOs to explore complementarity of support and to link FO partners where possible and needed. At least seven local government units through their Municipal Mayors and Agricultural Officers have participated in the project development process.
The projects mentioned above are part of the first set of approved projects. A second batch is expected by the end of June 2014. The programmed funds are for one year cooperation but with a perspective of long-term cooperation in light of the rehabilitation objectives.
By Florante Villas
Farmers Association for Sustainable Agriculture Production (FASAP) conducted an end-of-the-project evaluation last May 14-15 in FASAP Office and Training Center, Khoun District, Xingkhouang Province. The project entitled “strengthening of leadership and organization capacity of FASAP” is funded by AsiaDHRRA under the Farmers Fighting Poverty programming of AgriCord with support from the DGD Belgium Cooperation
Mr. Pa Kao Wue, FASAP President briefed the participants on the process flow and activities of the project beginning with training needs analysis based on the surveys and focused group discussions with groups of officers and members, the formulation of training design and in the conduct of training workshops and other capacity-building activities. The final outputs of the project include the amendments to FASAP by-laws, FASAP logo and FASAP strategic plan for the period 2014-2018.
The Chairperson of the Project Committee implementing the project presented the evaluation results while FASAP Treasurer presented the financial report and the expenses incurred during the evaluation of the project. A workshop followed to discuss the priority needs of FASAP that will be addressed in the following period and a subject of the next project proposal that will be submitted to AsiaDHRRA. The participants presented almost in unity that FASAP should address the problems confronting FASAP members in the production and marketing of organic rice.
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