Quezon City, Philippines – With the theme “Engaging Development Partners towards Sustainable Development of Smallholder/Family Farmers”, 350 representatives from CSOs, Farmers’ and Peoples’ Organizations, Government representatives, and International development partners gathered together to celebrate the 2016 International Year of Family Farming Knowledge and Learning Market – Policy Engagement (IYFF KLM-PE) at the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM), Visayas Avenue, Quezon City last 17 to 18 of November 2016.
The celebration was spearheaded by the IYFF Technical Working Group members Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), International Fund for Agriculture and Organization (IFAD), AsiaDHRRA, PhilDHRRA, AFA, PAKISAMA, AFOSP-MTCP2, We Effect, and TRIAS – South East Asia. AsiaDHRRA invited 14 FO leaders from the Region 8 Alliance (R8 Alliance) that were partners under the Post-Yolanda Fund Local Initiatives.
This year’s two-day celebration stems from the achievements of previous IYFF KLM-PE celebrations in the Philippines which underscore the many solutions on food security and nutrition, balanced ecology, and climate resiliency done by family farmers. Specifically, during the plenary sessions updates on the 16 Policy Proposals that resulted from the previous IYFF KLM-PE celebration were presented.