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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.

To request a copy of the book, please email:

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NACF, ICAO, AsiaDHRRA discuss possible cooperation


Seoul, South Korea – AsiaDHRRA secretariat, together with its former Chairperson Dr. Wen-Chi Huang, met with Mr. Gwang-Seog Hong of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, and, Ms. Hyo-suk Park of the International Co-operative Agricultural Organisation (ICAO) on 27 February 2015 to discuss how NACF and ICAO could support the Farmers Fighting Poverty (FFP) of AgriCord, particularly in Asia.

NACF is a federation of 1,555 primary agricultural cooperatives with an estimated 2.4 million member-farmers. NACF provides its members with education and business supports through research and development, marketing, financing, savings, and insurance. NACF owns one of the largest agricultural supermarket and bank in Korea.

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GILL shares its Lifelong Learning Approach

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Gyeonggi-do, South Korea – Dr. Sung Lee, President of Gyeonggi-do Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL), and, AsiaDHRRA’s Vice Chairperson for North Asia, shared the Golden Triangle Project approach, which puts premium on creating sustainable job opportunity while building a “happiness learning community.” In this approach, GILL has developed a tool, dubbed as “Happiness Index,” which provides quantitative indication of happiness level of beneficiaries before, during, and, after participating in lifelong learning activities.
Dr. Lee also shared their action learning strategy—a continuous process of learning and reflecting to get things done through group work.

This sharing-learning session is part of AsiaDHRRA’s strategy to gather, document, and popularize DHRRA’s capacity building tools/methodologies.

After the sharing, members of the AsiaDHRRA’s ExeCom and Secretariat visited Suwon Lifelong Learning Center at Suwon Global Village–one of the 52 villages being supported by GILL.
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The sharing-learning session culminated with a short visit in GILL’s office at Gyeonggi Do Lifelong Learning Center in Suwon.


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AsiaDHRRA gears up for its new 5-year strategic plan


Gyeonggi-do, South Korea – Members of the Executive Committee and secretariat gathered for a 2-day planning-workshop on 24-25 February 2015 in Gyeonggi-do Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning Institute Training Center, Suwon Si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

The 2015-2020 strategic plan, with a theme: “Towards a vibrant rural people’s organizations and resilient agricultural communities,” affirms the DHRRA’s tradition of building solidarity among farmers, their organizations and their partners in the ASEAN region and at the global level. Against the background of global and regional developments, AsiaDHRRA’s future work would address three key challenges:

  • The development and growth of rural people’s organizations that are able to 1) benefit from the economic opportunities resulting from the increasing volume of traded agricultural food and commodities; 2) effectively influence policies and participate in public agricultural programs; 3) deliver services to their members to support increased production, better agricultural services, effective natural resource management, and cares for the nutrition of women and children and 4) establish effective local mechanisms to address disaster risk reduction and post disaster agricultural rehabilitation.
  • Complementarity and relationships between and among civil society organizations and rural people’s organizations, in particular CSOs’ facilitating role in policy dialogues with government and various food and agriculture governance bodies, in the engagement with private sectors, and in their participation in public programs;
  • The strengthening of the AsiaDHRRA network and its member DHRRAs as support organizations and agri-agencies providing services to rural people’s organizations and as catalysts of development processes and mechanisms needed to broaden and deepen the impact of its collective work.

The ExeCom discussed the details of the operational framework of the new strategic plan and mandated the secretariat to finalize the document based on the Gyeongg-do meeting. The 2015 Annual Plan shall be firmed up accordingly.

Final copy of 2015-2020 Strategic Thrust would be made available online soon.



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AsiaDHRRA shares community-based technology transfer approaches

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Bogor, Indonesia – Ms. Mags Catindig, Program Officer, presented AsiaDHRRA’s learning experiences in empowering farmer organizations during the “3rd SATNET’s Policy Dialogue on the Role of Technology Transfer in Agriculture for Sustainable Development Outcomes” on 11 February 2015.

Mags underscored the importance of group development model or participatory, community-based approaches as the DHRRA network’s good practice in transferring agricultural technologies. In the said approach, the DHRRA network employs farmer-to-farmer (f2f) (e.g. volunteer farmer technicians), farmers’ organizations-to-farmers’ organization (FO-FO) learning exchange visits, and participatory technology development methodologies such as farm planning and designing, learning farm, participatory action researches.

This 3rd SATNET policy dialogue aimed “to bring into renewed focus the importance of technology transfer within the overall post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda.” It was attended by at least 70 senior-level representatives of government research and extension institutions, NGOs, international organizations, academia and private sector in the Asia-Pacific region.
AsiaDHRRA also attended the annual meeting of SATNET Asia Network on 10 February 2015, which aimed at taking stock of network’s achievements and lessons learned, discussing sustainability and future direction of the network, and, strengthening personal ties and collaboration amongst members.

The 2-day event was organized by Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) in cooperation with UN ESCAP with support from the European Commission.

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AsiaDHRRA trains farmer leaders on community organizing, project and knowledge management

Tacloban City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA, in partnership with PhilDHRRA and PAKISAMA, conducted a training-workshop with a theme: Basic Orientation on Community Organizing an Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation from 31 January to 2 February 2015.
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