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ASEAN share ASCC MTR Report

The ASEAN has published the ASCC MTR Report. This can be accessed at the following links:

(Page link)  http://www.asean2013.gov.bn/index.php/asean-socio-cultural-community

(Direct link to report) http://www.asean2013.gov.bn/images%5CASCC%20Documents%5CReport%20of%20the%20Mid-Term%20Review%20ASCC%20Blueprint_FINAL.rar

Asiadhrra was tapped to conduct the Medium Term Review of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint.

About the ASCC MTR (excerpted from the report)

The Cha-Am Hua Hin Declaration on ASEAN Roadmap for an ASEAN Community 2009-2015 of 1 March 2009 established that the three Community Blueprints – Economic, Political-Security, and Socio-Cultural – and the 2nd IAI Work Plan constitute the ASEAN Roadmap. The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint’s primary goal is “to contribute to realising a people-centred and socially responsible ASEAN Community by forging a common identity and building a caring and sharing society.” The ASCC Blueprint is a framework for action and is structured into 6 Characteristics1 or strategic-level development and cooperation outcomes and impacts toward ASEAN Community building. Underlying each Characteristic are Elements or inter-woven cross-pillar, thematic, sectoral and cross-sectoral outcomes. Each Element is in turn buttressed by Action Lines of which there are a total of 339 or specific results or activities to be achieved or undertaken through programmes, projects or special activities. The Blueprint contains an implementation arrangement laying out a schedule of key milestones and a coordination mechanism or governance structure delegating roles to the ASCC Council, Sectoral Ministerial Bodies, Senior Officials Meetings and other ASEAN affiliated bodies and associated entities. In carrying out the Blueprint, ASCC is required to identify and address resource requirements, and to enumerate a communications plan that helps to enhance awareness, broaden and raise funds.

 

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Asiadhrra joins in launching AgriCord Philippine Network

AgriCord Philippine Network

Asiadhrra together with fellow Agri-agencies will launch the AgriCord Philippine Network during the workshop entitled  “Social Solidarity Economy: How family farmers benefit from it” which takes takes on October 16, 2013 at the University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development (UP- CSWCD) Room 301 and 302.

The workshop will showcase family farmers’ successes of building social solidarity economies. Selected cases from our network of farmers’ associations on pursuing social enterprises covering aspects of employment generation, enterprise development and market integration will be presented. From the cases, AgriCord partners will do an analysis on sustainability and best practices. Invited to the workshop with AgriCord partners and representatives of the Agri-Agencies are key stakeholders of the network from Government, CSOs, multinational organizations and donors.

The Agri-Agencies’ workshop is organized as part of the 5th RIPESS International Meeting on Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) on October 15-18 co-organized by the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) and the Asian Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC).

To be hosted for the first time in Asia, the event’s theme is “Building SSE as an alternative model of development.” Several topics on SSE will be discussed during the 1st day by international solidarity economy experts. On October 16-17, participating organizations will conduct their own “self-organized activities” (SOA). The last day, October 18, will be devoted for synthesis including presentation of specific commitments, actions and goals for 2014-2017.

Asiadhrra will present its experience of creating market access for calamansi producers in the country.  It will focus on addressing annual over supply of fresh calamansi fruits at the production level.

About Agricord
Agricord is a global network of Agri-Agencies or non-governmental organizations for development cooperation mandated by their country national farmers’ associations, of which five are implementing programs in the Philippines, particularly Agriterra, Asiadhrra, CSA, WeEffect and Trias.

 

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Asiadhrra to co-sponsor side event on sustainable, equitable and viable food systems at the CFS 40 Side Event in Rome

Asiadhrra together with other civil society groups is co-sponsoring a side event entitled “Sustainable, equitable and viable food systems: Civil Society Messages for the International Year of Family Farming and Beyond” on Wednesday 9th October, 14.00 – 15.00 at  the FAO Austria Room during the Official Side Event at CFS 40 in Rome, Italy. The activity is part of the official side-event of the CFS 40 and is organized by the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for the Committee of World Food Security (CFS).

The side event will give examples and characteristics of sustainable, equitable and viable food systems, including crop and livestock production.  Examples and experiences from transition processes will be highlighted. Implications for public policies and responsible investment will be discussed. The International Year of Family Farming in 2014 provides opportunities to present and promote sustainable, equitable food systems.

Among the panelists are:
• Pablo Manzano, Global Coordinator, World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP
• Willy Schuster, La Via Campesina
• Laura Lorenzo, Deputy Coordinator of the IYFF-2014, World Rural Forum

What is CFS?
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. In 2009 the Committee went through a reform process to ensure that the voices of other stakeholders were heard in the global debate on food security and nutrition. The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. CFS was reformed to address short term crises but also long term structural issues. The Committee reports annually to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).


Download the side-event program here….

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Learn more about the CFS here…

More details on CFS 40th Plenary here….

Updates on the IYFF Campaign here….

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Asiadhrra to share perspectives on public policies for family farming during official CFS 40 Side-Event

Asiadhrra, represented by Ms. Marlene Ramirez will be among the speakers of the side-event entitled “Developing public policies towards sustainable family farming” to be held on Tuesday 8 October 2013 12.30 –14.00 at the FAO Iran Room in Rome, Italy. The activity is part of the official side-event of the CFS 40 and co-organized by the French and Philippine Governments.

Discussion Context:

Family farming is the first food and job provider in the world. It forms the basis of the major agricultural transitions in developed countries and the social base of most developing countries, contributing to supply local and domestic markets, but also regional and international ones.

Family Farming is a diverse but prominent model, resilient and scalable. To fight hunger and poverty and achieve sustainable natural resources man- agement, it is essential to develop public policies to support this model.

What is CFS?

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. In 2009 the Committee went through a reform process to ensure that the voices of other stakeholders were heard in the global debate on food security and nutrition. The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. CFS was reformed to address short term crises but also long term structural issues. The Committee reports annually to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).


Download the side-event program here….

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Learn more about the CFS here…

More details on CFS 40th Plenary here….

Updates on the IYFF Campaign here….

 

 

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Asiadhrra gearing up for IYFF 2014

At the global level, both the official and CSO processes are rolling for the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014. CSO and Official side events on the IYFF are taking place from Oct 3-11, 2013 in Rome in conjunction with the upcoming 40th Session of the Committee on World Food Security. Asiadhrra will be participating in these CFS related events and shall speak in an official IYFF side event organized by France and the Philippines on Oct 8.

The IYFF 2014 will be formally launched by the UN in New York in November. It will also be launched by the European Commission on November 29th in Brussels through a conference entitled “Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world”. In the Asia-Pacific region, FAO shall conduct its launching orientation of the IYFF 2014 by the 3rd week of November in Bangkok.

 

A family farm in Cambodia

In ASEAN,  Asiadhrra and its partner FOs and CSOs have actively advocated for the IYFF through the SOM-AMAF (ASEAN senior officials meeting for agriculture and forestry) process and will now bring the discussion at the Technical Working Group level.

Locally, Asiadhrra is part of the IYFF 2014 AdHoc Working Group in the Philippines, where its secretariat is based,  together with Phidhrra, PAKISAMA (national confederation of farmers) and AFA. The PH working group is being convened by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and anchored by the Departments of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and of Agriculture (DA).

Asiadhrra views IYFF 2014 as a strategic opportunity that  development stakeholders should actively engage not only to celebrate the contributions of family farmers and bring back dignity of farming, but to push for over due policy reforms in favor of small holder agriculture. More info about the IYFF 2014 can be found at http://www.familyfarmingcampaign.net  The World Rural Forum, for which Asiadhrra is a member, coordinates the global IYFF Campaign since 2009 until its official sanction by the UN General Assembly in December 2011.  Asiadhrra sits for Asia in the World Consultative Committee (WCC) for the CSO campaign of the IYFF 2014.

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Asiadhrra tapped to draft the report on ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint

ASCC Review - photo by Brunei Times

Delegation members at the meeting discussed the draft report prepared by the Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA), providing feedback and suggestions, aiming to consolidate recommendations for the Senior Officials Committee of the ASCC (SOCA) and ASCC consideration at scheduled meetings from September 24 to 26.

The Permanent Secretary reiterated the importance of the report, which regional leaders will scrutinise at the 23rd ASEAN Summit hosted by Brunei in October. “The ASCC Blueprint represents the core of what the ASCC is doing. Submitting the report to Leaders this year will show how much the ASCC has done in our united purpose to achieve ‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community’ by 2015,” he said.

 

Full news article at  Brunei Times here …..

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