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AsiaDHRRA holds back-to-back Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Visits

Rice producers and livestock raiser participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar at Pecuaria Development Cooperative Inc. in Bula, Camarines Sur.

Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA convened back-to-back Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Learning Visit on Livestock and Rice Production, and Honey Products social enterprises. The visits were held on 26 – 02 December 2017 in Batangas, Metro Manila, Camarines Sur, Laguna, Cebu, and, Cavite. This learning visit was participated by over 30 farmer leaders, and, DHRRA representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and, Vietnam.

The participants visited various livestock and rice production institutions, cooperatives, and enterprises on honey products. These include the Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative, Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative, Pecuaria Development Cooperative, Inc., Cam Sur Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bicol Federation of Dairy Cooperative, Global Organic and Wellness Corporation, International Rice Research Institute, Clarita’s Bee Farm, Dad’s Organic Farm, Dionem’s Pure Honey, Ilog Maria HoneyBee Farm, Milea Bee Farm, Purple Bee Shop & Café (Philippine Bee Hives and Natural Products, Inc.), Dielle’s Apiary and Meadery, and Neyzu’s Beekeeping Products & Services.

Beekeeper participants from Phuc Thanh Farmers Union of Vietnam at Purple Bee shop and Cafe in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange aimed building capacities, solidarities, linkages, and relationships among partners-farmers of AsiaDHRRA. It is a proven method to help improve small producers’ organizational and technical capacities to increase their productivity and contribute to the over-all efforts at reducing rural poverty.

AsiaDHRRA holds Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange on Dairy Research and Enterprises in PH

LCFU delegates at the International Conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development organized by the PCC and SEARCA

Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA hosted a Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Learning Visit on Carabao Research and Support Institutions, and Related Enterprises held on 23 – 29 October 2017 in Laguna and Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Six farmer leaders from Lao Cai Farmers Union of Vietnam (LCFU) participated in the learning visit.

The participants visited the DVF Dairy Farm, Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), and Milka Krem  in Nueva Ecija. They also went to Dairy Training and Research Institute at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

LCFU delegates also attended the International Conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development organized by the PCC and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture.

AsiaDHRRA holds Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Visit on Coco Sugar

GlowCorp’s prime organic coco-sugar packed in 200 grams

Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA hosted a Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange: Learning Visit on Coco-Sugar Social Enterprises for select farmer leaders from An Giang Farmers Union (AGFU) of Vietnam. It was conducted on 24 – 30 September 2017 in the Philippines.

The participants visited various coco sugar cooperatives and enterprises including Healthy Sweets Mindanao Corporation in Panabo City, Davao del Norte; Lao Integrated Farms, Inc. in Davao del Sur; Roxas Sigma Agriventures in Tupi, South Cotabato; Greenlife Coconut Products, Inc. in Tayabas City, Quezon; and Global Organic and Wellness Corporation in Laguna.

The goal of the activity is to expose the AGFU leaders, who are producing palm sugar, to facilities, technologies, and practices related to coco sugar production, distribution, marketing, and conservation.


AsiaDHRRA, CSA host North-South Learning Exchange Visit for its members and partners

Brussels, Belgium – AsiaDHRRA and Collectif Strategis Alimentaires (CSA) hosted the North-South Learning Exchange in Belgium and France on 2-10 May 2017. This exchange visit aims to look at various models of “territorial development” as EU’s approach for sustainable rural development.
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The event brought together the members of AsiaDHRRA and leaders of their respective partner people’s organizations, mostly members of the Asian Farmers Association (AFA), key representatives of ASEAN, namely the RDPE and cooperatives sectoral bodies, and the Secretariat, and partners of the CSA such as members of Fédération Wallonne de l’Agriculture.

The delegation visited Gembloux City and interacted with representatives of Reseau Walloon de Development Rural (network for rural development) and Grouperments d’Action Locale (local action groups). The said groups implement agricultural and non-agricultural development activities in the Walloon region with co-funding from the EU and the Walloon Government.

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From Belgium, they proceeded to France and visited various Farmers Organizations including the Cooperative for Utilization of Agricultural Machines of La Croix au Bois, Au Panier Vert Agricole Cooperative, Prosperite Fermiere Cooperative, Prim’Allia/Expandis in Marchais, Wine Cooperative, Coopérative Fermes de Figeac, Farmers Dairy Cooperative, and, Ségala Agriculture et Energie Solaire Cooperative.

The delegation visited several agricultural cooperatives to discuss successes and challenges in establishing and sustaining various models of farmers’ cooperatives and enterprises. Of interest are experiences in territorial rural development where farmers’ organizations take central role.

The North-South Learning Exchange visit was organized as part of the Regional Cooperation to Empower Rural Development Organizations in Asia (ReCoERDO-Asia), with support from the EU.

AsiaDHRRA, CSA to hold North-South Learning Exchange Visit

AsiaDHRRA conducts regional training-workshop on financial sustainability for NGOs and RPOs

Cebu City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA organized the “2nd Regional Training of Trainers (ToT) on Financial Sustainability: Social Enterprise and Project Development” on 6-8 April 2017 at Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines.

The training-workshop aimed at providing venue for DHRRA leaders and staff, as well as their respective partner-rural people’s organizations’ (RPOs’) leaders, to appreciate social enterprise initiatives by agri-cooperatives (LAMAC and GlowCorp), some DHRRAs, understand its key success factors, and, learn from its challenges. The training-workshop also targeted to reinforce project development skills of participants through proposal writing. It was attended by 40 DHRRA secondliners and leaders of their partner-RPOs from Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and, Thailand.

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This training-workshop is part of a series of regional ToTs for leaders and secondliners of DHRRAs and partner-RPOs to be implemented through the ReCoERDO-Asia program.