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FAO Conducts Regional Forum on Food Loss

Bangkok, Thailand – AsiaDHRRA was invited to join with more than 76 representatives from governments, private sector, academe, civil society organizations and producers’ organizations in Asia and Pacific to the Regional Consultation on Reducing Food Loss and Food Waste in Asia and Pacific Region. The consultation was organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on 6-7 July 2015 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Bangkok, Thailand. AsiaDHRRA was represented by Mr. Florante Villas, Regional Program Manager.
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Views from Mr. Villas is that food loss and food waste (FLW) is estimated at 1.3 billion tons annually. It is ironic that scarce resources are used to address food security and nutrition yet around 1/3 of food produced for human consumption is lost and wasted.

FLW can be minimized at the post-harvest, drying, storing, sorting, grading side where FL is the largest in the value chain. By complying with product quality standards in the modern value chains we will be able to minimize food losses and farmers benefit from higher prices.  Products that can not pass quality requirements are still useful for household consumption or fed into the parallel traditional value chains that cater to local markets.

In the current practice, farmers sell their products “all in one” (best, good, mediocre and low quality grade) and get low prices because the risks are absorbed by the trader.  The trader sorts out the product and benefit from the premium price for best grade, better price for the good grade that compensates for the low quality grade that is usually transformed into non-food use (or probably wasted). Thus, there are economic incentives to minimize food losses.

AsiaDHRRA commits to contribute to the over-all awareness building on the importance of reducing FLW and in policy advocacy for reducing food loss though public investments in road networks, drying, freezing and storing facilities and harmonized regulations on food product quality and food safety.

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AsiaDHRRA kicks off 2015 International Year of Soils with ISFM Training

28 January 2015, Ormoc City, Philippines — In celebration of the 2015 International Year of Soils, AsiaDHRRA conducted a training-workshop on Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) from 26th-28th January 2015. Participants were volunteer farmer agri-technicians from the farmers’ organizations being supported by the Post-Yolanda Fund for Local Initiatives.

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AsiaDHRRA co-organizes IYFF Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement

25 November 2014, Quezon City, Philippines — AsiaDHRRA together with the Government of the Philippines (GoP)—through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)—the International Fund for Agriculture and Organization (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO),PhilDHRRA, PAKISAMA, ANGOC, and, Philippines Agri-agency Synergy recently hosted the national celebration of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), dubbed as IYFF Philippines Knowledge and Learning Market – Policy Engagement (IYFF Ph KLM-PE) on 24-25 November 2014.

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New edition of FAO’s “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” released

State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

FAO released their latest edition of the  “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” which highlights growing role of fish in feeding the world. The accompanying  infographic sums it up well. Interestingly, in the report, FAO highlights the very important role of smallholder activities (a perspective and strategy which Asiadhrra strenously promotes in its programs and through the IYFF ), saying that “FAO, through the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, is raising the profile of smallholder activities – including fisheries and aquaculture – with an emphasis on improving access to finance and markets, securing tenure rights and protecting the environment.” 

An important trend sees developing countries boosting their share in the fishery trade – 54 percent of total fishery exports by value in 2012 and more than 60 percent by quantity (live weight).

This means fisheries and fish farming are playing an increasingly critical role for many local economies. Some 90 percent of fishers are small scale and it is estimated that, overall, 15 percent are women.  In secondary activities such as processing, this figure can be as high as 90 percent.

Full Infographic here…

Report Highlights here…

Read the full report here (PDF)…



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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:

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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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