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AsiaDHRRA in the ASEAN Assessment Workshop on the MDG Achievements

Pasig City, Philippines –  AsiaDHRRA, represented by Ms. Mags Catindig, Program Officer, had the opportunity to join the ASEAN Regional Assessment Workshop on the Millennium Development Goals Achievement and Post-2015 Development Priorities on 14-15 April 2015 at Crowne Plaza, in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The workshop was attended by official delegates of the member states to the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

The draft assessment report presented indicates that, in general, poverty in the region has been reduced, but, this achievement is uneven among its countries and within countries with at least 160 million rural populations and ethnic minorities still living on less than $2 per day. Girls and women have gained more access to education and economic empowerment and reduced health risks. The report also shows that while access to water sources and sanitation systems have improved, there has been rapid increased in the deforestation and carbon dioxide emission in the region along with economic growth.

Along the task of MDG agenda completion, the region also gears up for the post-2015 challenges and new sustainable development goals. ASCC Deputy Secretary-General Alicia Bala presented the ASEAN initiatives relevant to the MDG and the initial ASEAN Community Vision 2015 and ASCC Attendant Document, to provide overview of the region’s efforts to attaining sustainable development goals.
AsiaDHRRA is among the regional entities affiliated to ASEAN.

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Midterm evaluation of Post-Haiyan Fund Facility commenced

Quezon City, Philippines – From 9-15 April 2015, an interim external evaluation of AsiaDHRRA’s Post-Haiyan (Yolanda) Fund Facility for Local Initiatives was conducted to identify challenges and opportunities for improvement in the management, project strategies, implementation processes, relationship with partners in preparation for the second phase of the project beginning May 2014. The evaluation was carried out by Mr. Roel Ravanera, Executive Director of the Xavier Science Foundation and former Dean of the School of Agriculture of the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro.












With support from Fondation de France and AgriCord, AsiaDHRRA set up the said fund facility for rehabilitation projects of affected farmers’ organizations (FOs). Currently, the fund facility supports eight (8) FOs covering 12 municipalities in Palawan, Leyte, Tacloban, and, Samar; and, directly benefiting 1, 511 farmers, fisherfolks and IPs to date.



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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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