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Asia-Pacific Civil Society Organizations meet on food and agriculture

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 08 Mar 2014 — Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Asia and the Pacific opened a two-day Consultation today to discuss their joint concerns about the future of small farmers, landless farmers, farm workers and other concerned stakeholders.

This parallel Consultation is organized just prior to FAO’s Thirty-Second Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), also in Ulaanbaatar, 10-14 March. Forty participants representing different CSOs and their organizations from the region and Mongolia are participating in the Consultation and their conclusions will be shared with delegates through formal interventions during the APRC.

In his welcome remarks as the host organization’s president, Bayartsaikhan Nadmid, of the National Association of Mongolia Agriculture Cooperatives (NAMAC), pointed out the meeting was convening on an auspicious day – International Women’s Day – and praised Mongolian women for the important role they play in rural society.

Addressing the opening session, Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, said he welcomed CSOs participation in the upcoming APRC.

“The role of the CSO is crucial. The public sector and CSOs must work together in the shared goal towards attainment of food security. At FAO we are supporting each other,” Konuma said.

Konuma commended the CSO’s in Asia and the Pacific, saying they have been playing an important role in different fora and international, multi-stakeholder meetings. Their contributions are usually very professional.

FAO has worked for many years with CSOs in Asia and the Pacific in different fields.

Last November, a consultation on promoting FAO-CSO partnership in the region was held in Bangkok resulting in the establishment of a Regional CSO – FAO Network.

“FAO helps (CSOs) bring the voices of the grassroots to policy level and promote the role of CSOs in the policy making process,” said Marlene D. Ramirez, a meeting co-convener from the Philippines, in reference to FAO’s invitation to CSOs to participate in the APRC.

“We appreciate the work of FAO and wish to further work with governments, FAO and other stakeholders,” said the other co-convener, Sarojeni Rengam from Malaysia. “Together, we can attack the roots of the problems we face and I carry that hope for all of us.”

Regional perspectives

The FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) brings together ministers of agriculture and high-level officials of Member States across the region. Convening every two years, it examines the opportunities and challenges in the region and sets priority areas of work to improve food security and nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to sustainable development.

For more information about this topic and the APRC, please visit the Conference Website: www.fao.org/about/meetings/aprc32/en/

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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 – FAO

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 presents new estimates of undernourishment based on a revised and improved methodology. The new estimates show that progress in reducing hunger during the past 20 years has been better than previously believed, and that, given renewed efforts, it may be possible to reach the MDG hunger target at the global level by 2015. However, the number of people suffering from chronic undernourishment is still unacceptably high, and eradication of hunger remains a major global challenge.

This year’s report also discusses the role of economic growth in reducing undernourishment. Sustainable agricultural growth is often effective in reaching the poor because most of the poor and hungry live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for a significant part of their livelihoods. However, growth will not necessarily result in better nutrition for all. Policies and programmes that will ensure “nutrition-sensitive” growth include supporting increased dietary diversity, improving access to safe drinking water, sanitation and health services and educating consumers regarding adequate nutrition and child care practices.

Economic growth takes time to reach the poor, and may not reach the poorest of the poor. Therefore, social protection is crucial for eliminating hunger as rapidly as possible. Finally, rapid progress in reducing hunger requires government action to provide key public goods and services within a governance system based on transparency, participation, accountability, rule of law and human rights.

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Strength in Numbers: Effective forest producer organizations

Forest producer organizations can be highly effective agents of poverty reduction through their Strength in Numbersadvocacy and economic roles. Given the increasing amount of forest land now managed and controlled by individuals and communities, there is a need to strengthen cooperation in terms of forest products and services. Published by FAO, the Forest & Farm Facility and AgriCord with support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, this publication presents a wide range of country examples of how forest farmers have organized themselves and the lessons drawn so far.[FAO]

Download at FAO or at Agricord…..

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Asiadhrra invited to the 31st APRC (2012)

A five-member Asiadhrra delegation spearheaded by Ms. Marlene Ramirez, Asiadhrra Secretary General and Mr. Yoshikuni Yatani, Asiadhrra Execom member and Dr. Bui Quang Toan, Vietdhrra Chairperson, has been invited to participate in the 31st session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific which will be held in Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, from 12 to 16 March 2012.

The five day conference will be held at the Melia Hanoi Hotel and is hosted by the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

“The agenda focuses, firstly, on regional and global policy and regulatory issues such as the state of food and agriculture in Asia-Pacific, and on two initiatives by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)  – the process to map food security and nutrition actions, and the preparation of the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition, the need for sustainable intensification and diversification of crops towards food and nutrition security, and value chain development and post-harvest loss reduction for small-scale farmers.

Secondly, the conference will consider programme and budgetary matters and review proposals for enhancing FAO’s effectiveness and efficiency at country level and make recommendations on the most suitable structure and skills mix of the network of FAO offices in the region.

The report of the senior officials will be reviewed and endorsed by ministers, between 15 and 16 March, focusing on measures to speed up progress by Asia-Pacific countries towards the November 1996 World Food Summit goal of halving hunger levels by half by the year 2015.”

more about the 31st APRC here…..

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Asiadhrra participates in the 4th Farmers Forum

IFAD 4th Farmers ForumMs. Marlene Ramirez, representing the Asiadhrra network, joined the Fourth Meeting of the Farmers Forum (FAFO)  held on Feburary 20-21, 2012 at the IFAD Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The Farmers’ Forum “is an on-going, bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between small farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations (FOs), IFAD and governments, focused on agricultural and rural development and poverty reduction. The Forum is rooted in concrete partnerships and collaborations at the country and regional levels. The Farmers’ Forum was born in 2005 and it meets every two years for a global consultation, in conjunction with the Governing Council of IFAD.

The Fourth Farmers’ Forum highlighted the importance of the participation of the youth in agriculture by  “inviting young farmers and representatives of rural youth movements [to the meeting]…..to share experiences and views of young rural people from different regions and to contribute to the formulation of successful policies and programmes.

More info on the Fourth Farmers’ Forum here….

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Asiadhrra participates in the FAO RAP Forum on Food Security

Asiadhrra is set to participate in a forum on food security sponsored by FAO RAP. The Forum entitled, “Nutrition-Sensitive Food Production Systems for Sustainable Food Security” will take place on December 7-8, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand, at Conference Hall of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

Asiadhrra will be joined by participants composed of Senior-level officials from Ministries of Agriculture and other related government institutions responsible for food security and nutrition; Regional economic communities; Civil society organizations and private sector representatives;  UN Agencies, donors and development partners; International and regional financial institutions and Academia and research institutions

“The main objective of the Forum is to broadly discuss issues associated with hunger and malnutrition with a particular emphasis on nutrition-sensitive agricultural development and food-based nutrition approaches, review past and ongoing interventions and policies, share experiences and lessons learned, and identify way forward to promote nutrition-sensitive agriculture for improving nutrition. The increased consultation among all actors involved in food and nutrition security will achieve greater complementary and coordination in strategic planning and action.”

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