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AsiaDHRRA, MyanDHRRA train FO and NGO leaders on market bargaining power

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Yangon, Myanmar – AsiaDHRRA and MyanDHRRA organized a training-workshop, entitled: “Strategies on Building Small Farmers’ Market Bargaining Power”, which gathered around 32 representatives from national and local farmers organizations, local and international NGOs, research institutions, and, faith-based groups working with small farmers. It was held on 21-23 January 2016 at Myanmar Sports Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar.

The training-workshop aimed at developing the understanding of participants and enhancing their skills in utilizing available strategies and tools to build small producers’ market bargaining power. It was anchored by Dr. Nerlie Manalili—AsiaDHRRA’s consultant on agricultural enterprises.

Participants expressed appreciation of the concepts and skills shared during the training. Since most of the participating international and local NGOs are working on education and governance, they conveyed interests to include investments/initiatives on smallholders agricultural in their priority programs and projects.

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

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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.

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AsiaDHRRA Continues its Support to IYFF+10 Campaign

iyffgQuezon City, Philippines – Following the success of last year’s national celebration of International Year of Family Farming Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement (IYFF KLMPE), the national Technical Working Group on IYFF—composed of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the International Fund for Agriculture and Organization (IFAD),  AsiaDHRRA, PhilDHRRA, AFA, PAKISAMA, ANGOC, and, AgriCord Philippines Synergy—continued the collaborative effort through the 2015 KLM-PE with the theme: “IYFF+1 Partnership for food security, nutrition and climate resiliency: increasing farmers market power.” It was held on 25-26 November 2015 at DA-BSWM Convention Center, Quezon City.

The 2015 IYFF+1 KLM-PE aimed at a) generating progress updates, reviewing current challenges and opportunities on 2014 IYFF declaration and commitments; b) drawing lessons from current models/innovations on climate-resilient agriculture, institutional purchase and farmers’ market, and agri-cooperatives; and, c) agreeing on action points for 2016 that would advance capacity building and effective participation of family farmers in policy making and program implementation, monitoring and evaluation of current government programs that build family farmers’ cooperatives, increase their market power and capacity to mitigate climate change. It also signalled the decade celebration of IYFF, dubbed as IYFF+10.

It was participated by at least 250 participants from government agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs) and farmers’ organizations (FOs). AsiaDHRRA mobilized participation of the Region 8 FO Alliance composed of FOs being supported through its Post-Yolanda Fund Local Initiatives, and, of FO-partners of PhilDHRRA.

The gathering commenced with the opening of interactive learning exhibits and sessions that showcase public and private programs and knowledge products related to family farming. During the opening programs, Dr. Liza Lim, PhilDHRRA’s Board Member, gave a remarks on behalf of the civil society organizations (CSOs). She encouraged the participants to take a unified action in addressing challenges especially on climate change, confronting family farmers.

Ms. Marlene Ramirez, AsiaDHRRA’s Secretary General, presented the progresses made and challenges faced by CSOs in taking actions related to 2014 IYFF declaration. Undersecretary Rosalinda Bistoyong of the DAR and Mr. Soc Banzuela of PAKISAMA also did the same on behalf of the government and the famrers’ organizations (FOs), respectively.

The 2015 IYFF+1 KLM-PE also served as venue for introducing good practices on a) sustainable agriculture and climate resiliency, b) enlarging farmers’ market power, and, c) agri-cooperatives. AsiaDHRRA anchored the workshop on sustainable agriculture and climate resiliency wherein the participants agreed that there is a need to:

  • promote integrated and diversified farming systems to combat climate related disaster risks based on the experiences of AsiaDHRRA’s partner-FOs in Yolanda affected areas;
  • provide family farmers a better access to appropriate sustainable agriculture technologies such as those introduced by SIBAT—an NGO promoting organic agricultural practices;
  • preserve and promote indigenous knowledge and practices in protecting and managing natural resources such as in the case of Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) of the DA with support from IFAD; and,
  • organize family farmers to help them in constructively engaging with the government and in accessing public programs.

Recommendations from the three workshops were consolidated into 2015 Philippines IYFF+1 Action Agenda.
Highlights of the workshop on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Resiliency may be read on this link.

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CSOs hold pre-AMAF Meeting

Makati City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA, Asian Farmers Association, and Oxfam hosted Civil Society Organizations’ Forum on Engaging the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), which aimed at developing and building consensus on common and priority issues that CSOs could focus on their AMAF policy engagements. It was held on 09 September 2015 at AIM Conference Center, Makati City and was attended by at least 35 participants representing regional and national farmers organizations, non-government organizations, and, development agencies.
The 36th AMAF Meeting was hosted by Philippines last 10 September 2015. The AMAF presents a good opportunity for influencing agenda and decision on matters important to food security and sustainable agricultural development. It has created platforms such as such as the ASEAN integrated Framework on Food Security (AIFS) and the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFFC) to coordinate the action of its Member States, and to foster greater regional cooperation on food security and on climate change, respectively.

1499607_10207813713724261_2432464838902742135_nMarlene Ramirez, AsiaDHRRA Secretary General, shared AsiaDHRRA’s initiatives in engaging with the ASEAN, particularly through the SOM for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). One key lesson from its experience is the importance of anchoring constructive engagements at the national/local level to sustain the engagement process.

Copies of presentations and proceedings may be downloaded from:
AsiaDHRRA is a an affiliated CSO of the ASEAN since 2004.

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AsiaDHRRA launches 2 new projects in Indonesia

Project Launching with Ngudi Makmur

Project Launching with Ngudi Makmur

Project Launching with Ngudi Mulyo

Project Launching with Ngudi Mulyo


Indonesia – AsiaDHRRA inked two partnership agreements with Kelompok Tani Ngudi Mulyo for the project entitled “Improving Production, Product Quality and Marketing of Cacao Products” in Yogyakarta, Indoseia; and, with Kooperasi Serba Usaha (KSU) Ngudi Makmur for the project entitled “Building Collective Marketing of Himpunan Tani Ngudi Makmur” in Central Java, Indonesia.  The said projects will be directly implemented by the partner aforementioned farmers’ organizations, with support from InDHRRA as their local agri-agency partner/service provider.

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AgriCord, AsiaDHRRA in ADB’s 48th Annual Meeting

inclusive growth adb flyer-1Baku, Azerbaijan – AgriCord, represented by Mr. Noel Monteyne, Programs Coordinator  and, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, Board Member and AsiaDHRRA Secretary General, attended the ADB’s 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors on 2-5 May 2015 at Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Mr. Monte served as resource person during civil society’s side panel discussion on “Inclusive Growth and Food Security.” He talked about AgriCord’s Farmers Fighting Poverty model with emphasis on mobilizing farmers organizations for effective utilization of development financing.  Ms. Ramirez, Secretary General of AsiaDHRRA, acted as Moderator for the said session, which was co-organized with Oxfam.

She was also invited to speak in the panel session organized by Plan International and OISCA with a theme: “Lessons in Disaster: Creating Resilient Communities.” In her presentation, Ms. Ramirez discussed AsiaDHRRA’s experience in the establishment of Post-Haiyan Fund Facility in the Philippines to respond to the huge requirements to rebuild agricultural livelihoods and farms of smallholders in the areas damaged by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Through the Facility with leveraged funds from AgriCord and Fondation de France, farmers’ organizations and local associations have had direct access to financing not as beneficiaries but as direct proponents and implementers of their own projects.  
The 48th ADB Meeting was participated by approximately 3,000 government officials, business leaders, academics, journalists, and representatives from civil society and development organizations.

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