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AsiaDHRRA participates in the Global Dialogue on FAO Regional Conferences and Evaluation Meeting

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Rome, Italy – AsiaDHRRA, represented by Marlene Ramirez, Secretary General, and AFA–representing the CSO AdHoc Steering Committee for FAO Engagement (AHC)–and the members of the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) joined the global assessment of the FAO Regional CSO Consultations. The meeting was held last June 7-8, 2016 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Marlene Ramirez, shared the results of the CSO Consultation in conjunction with 33rd FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conferences (APRC) held last March 5-6, 2016 in Malaysia. The sharing of experiences from Africa, MENA region, Latin America and Europe generated valuable lessons for both CSO leaders and FAO Partnership Officers at HQ and regional offices.

According Ms. Ramirez, this evaluation meeting with FAO Partnership Officers is key towards improving future Regional CSO Consultations and more importantly the work during intersessional period, where recommendations should be translated into concrete actions. She commended the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific for its support to CSOs in this process.

AsiaDHRRA is a convenor of the CSO AdHoc Steering Committee for FAO Engagement (AHC).

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AsiaDHRRA at the ADB 2016 Food Security Forum

Mandaluyong City, Philippines – Farmers Fighting Poverty (FFP) and the Post-Yolanda (Haiyan) Fund for Local Initiatives, two of the major programs being implemented by AsiaDHRRA, were showcased in the recent Food Security Forum and Techno Show organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) last 23-24 June 2016.

The two programs implemented in partnership with farmers’ organizations (FOs) in the Philippines and across Asia, highlight the potentials of farmers to contribute in achieving local (household and community level) food security. In a video shown during the Techno Show, Hazel, 27 years old, a farmer of Eastern Samar, narrates her family’s recovery from the impact of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) with the support from the Post-Yolanda Fund for Local Initiatives in partnership with PAKISAMA.
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On the third day of the Food Security Forum, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, Secretary General of AsiaDHRRA, chaired the session, “Sustainable Food Entitlement at the Food Security Forum.”

The Food Security Techno Show showcased innovative, clever, interesting, and/or state-of-the art agricultural and food security-related initiatives and technologies.

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AsiaDHRRA in the 2016 Grow Asia Forum

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Marlene Ramirez, Secretary General of AsiaDHRRA, discussed the importance and role of Farmers’ Organizations (FOs) during the session on Engaging Farmers’ Organizations at the 2016 Grow Asia Forum. The session focused on developing the Grow Asia Partnership stakeholders’ understanding of FOs and how they can be engaged to build scalable models for inclusive value chains. A draft Primer of the research commissioned by Grow Asia was presented for discussion, which would eventually be shared to private companies to serve as guidepost in improving relationship and interactions with farmers’ organizations.

The 2016 Grow Asia Forum, hosted by the Grow Asia Partnership and the World Economic Forum, is a high-level gathering of more than 150 senior leaders from ASEAN governments, global and regional private sector, international civil society and farmers’ organizations, and other institutions.

The forum aimed at “highlighting the opportunities for greater investment in engaging smallholder farmers in value chain projects, supporting innovation, financing farmers, and the use of digital platforms to scale solutions.” It was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday 31 May 2016.

AsiaDHRRA was joined by Kees Bloekland, Executive Director of Agriterra, representing AgriCord in the event. Likewise, an AFA delegation of member FOs from the Philippines and Cambodia, led by Esther Penunia, Secretary General of AFA, gave strong contribution from the smallholder farmers and producer groups. AFA sits in the Grow Asia Steering Committee representing farmers.

AsiaDHRRA is a member of Grow Asia Civil Society Governance Council.

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Local and National Farmers’ Organizations in Indonesia Exchange Experiences, Technologies, and, Learning

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia – AsiaDHRRA and Bina Desa, together with CSA and Agriterra, organized a three-day farmers’ organizations (FOs) and partners exchange forum, with the theme: “Building Synergy and Cooperation among Partner FOs and Their Supporting Agri-Agencies in the Development and Growth of FOs.” The forum and synergy was held last 22-24 May 2016 at Sheraton Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia with support from AgriCord and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs (DGIS, Netherlands). It was attended by at least 33 representative from agri-agencies, and, leaders of national and local FO, namely: Aliansi Petani Indonesia (API), Amanah Cooperative, Kooperasi Permata Gayo, Komunitas Swabina Pedesaan Salassae (KSPS), Ngudi Makmur, Ngudi Mulyo, Petani Organik Dairi, Serikat Paguyuban Petani Qaryah Thayyibah (SPPQT), Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI), Kelompok Petani Alami (KPA), and, Wahana Masyarakat Tani dan Nelayan Indonesia (WAMTI).

The forum is the very first in bringing together FO leaders supporterd by their respective agri-agencies under the Farmers Fighting Program (FFP) in Indonesia. It aims to:

  1. Enable FOs to meet and to learn from each other, and their support organizations, as well;
  2. Link local work of partner FOs with national, regional, and global developments impacting agriculture, food systems (production, markets), identify issues, challenges faced, and solutions; and,
  3. Facilitate discussions on strengthening of FO services to members and plans for areas for joint action, learning exchanges and other forms of cooperation.

A presentation of case briefs written by 9 local FOs were presented covering three agricultural commodities: beras (rice), kopi (coffee), and, kakao (cocoa). The cases featured each FO’s unique experience in influencing local units of national government agencies and local programs and budgets to support their economic initiatives. The forum also featured a walk-through exhibit wherein FOs showcased their respective technologies and products.

The three-day activity was capped with a field visit in the cacao farms of Ngudi Mulyo in Gunung Kidul. It was an opportunity for the FO leaders to engage each other on the available on-site farm technologies implemented by Ngudi Mulyo.

One concrete output of the exchange visit was the commitment made between two FOs Ngudi Mulyo and Ngudi Makmur—the latter will sell rice seeds to Ngudi Mulyo at a lower price than the commercial seeds. Both Ngudi Mulyo and Ngudi Makmur are being supported by InDHRRA.

AsiaDHRRA is a member of the Agricord since 2012.

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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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