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CSOs hold pre-AMAF Meeting

Makati City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA, Asian Farmers Association, and Oxfam hosted Civil Society Organizations’ Forum on Engaging the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF), which aimed at developing and building consensus on common and priority issues that CSOs could focus on their AMAF policy engagements. It was held on 09 September 2015 at AIM Conference Center, Makati City and was attended by at least 35 participants representing regional and national farmers organizations, non-government organizations, and, development agencies.
The 36th AMAF Meeting was hosted by Philippines last 10 September 2015. The AMAF presents a good opportunity for influencing agenda and decision on matters important to food security and sustainable agricultural development. It has created platforms such as such as the ASEAN integrated Framework on Food Security (AIFS) and the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security (AFFC) to coordinate the action of its Member States, and to foster greater regional cooperation on food security and on climate change, respectively.

1499607_10207813713724261_2432464838902742135_nMarlene Ramirez, AsiaDHRRA Secretary General, shared AsiaDHRRA’s initiatives in engaging with the ASEAN, particularly through the SOM for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC). One key lesson from its experience is the importance of anchoring constructive engagements at the national/local level to sustain the engagement process.

Copies of presentations and proceedings may be downloaded from:
AsiaDHRRA is a an affiliated CSO of the ASEAN since 2004.

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AsiaDHRRA presents CSO perspective during SOM-RDPE Special Meeting


Pasig City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA, represented by its Secretary General, Ms. Marlene Ramirez, and Program Manager, Mr. Nonoy Villas, participated in the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Devleopment and Poverty Reduction (SOMRDPE) Special Meeting to Develop the Framework Action Plan on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (2016-2020) on 16-17 April 2015 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Ms. Ramirez was also invited to present civil society’s perspectives, as an ASEAN affiliated CSO, on the emerging challenges in poverty reduction and how these could impact on the new RDPE framework action plan. In her presentation, Ms. Ramirez emphasised the importance of investing in human resource development, in strengthening rural peoples’ organizations and re-affirmed the view of RDPE leaders that the key components of the current RDPE FAP remains valid for the next cycle. ­
AsiaDHRRA is among the regional entities affiliated to ASEAN.

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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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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.

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AsiaDHRRA statement on AICHR Workshop on Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals



JAKARTA, INDONESIA – AsiaDHRRA, represented by Ms. Mags Catindig and Mr. Chaerul Umam, participated in the “Follow-Up Workshop on Post Millennium Development Goals 2015 and Human Rights” on 15-16 October 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was organized by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was attended by the AICHR representatives of the member-countries, national human rights institutions, and regional civil society organizations working on human rights.

The follow-up workshop aimed at coming up with an “outcome document” (summary of discussions) that will serve as ASEAN’s inputs to the drafting of the United Nations’ Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

During the said workshop, AsiaDHRRA put forward its observations and recommendations highlighting the need to mainstream in the discussions of the SDG the rights of family farmers, majority of which are in ASEAN Region. AsiaDHRRA’s statement has been accepted by the workshop and will form part of the summary of discussions that will be submitted to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG-SDG).

After the workshop, AsiaDHRRA has been invited to join in the closed round table discussion between the AICHR and the ASEAN Sectoral Bodies/Organs/Entities. The RTD focused on the possible engagement and action plan of ASEAN at the global level on Post-2015 Development Agenda. AsiaDHRRA shared its plans of continuing its investment and works in the next five years towards helping family farmers in improving their production to contribute in the region’s food security; and, in capacitating them to influence ASEAN and their respective national policies impacting on their livelihood.

Further, being identified as one of the CSO implementing partners, AsiaDHRRA will dovetail some its activities at regional and national levels with the recently approved ASEAN Integrated Framework for Food Security (AIFS) 2015-2020 under Thrust No. 4.

AsiaDHRRA is a CSO affiliate of ASEAN.

Click here to download AsiaDHRRA statement to the AICHR workshop on Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Photo credit: AICHR 2014

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AsiaDHRRA shares its linking small farmers to market experiences in China Forum

AsiaDHRRA joined two Seminars organized by the International Poverty Reduction Center of China (IPRCC). The first seminar on “Policies and Practices of Rural Poverty Reduction in China and ASEAN countries” was held in Wuhan City, Hubei Province last October 12-18, 2011. Twenty five (25) participants from 9 ASEAN countries and China. The second seminar on  “Theory and Practice of International Development (Poverty Reduction) for Asian Countries” held in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China on November 16-25, 2011. It was participated by government representatives from 30 Asia-China Dialogue partners.

Both seminars were received support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the provincial government units of Hubei and Sichuan Provinces.

In both seminars, Florante “Nonoy” Villas, AsiaDHRRA’s LSFM regional program manager shared AsiaDHRRA’s experience in anchoring ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community’s participatory process in drafting the 2011-2015 Framework  Action Plan for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and AsiaDHRRA’s strategies, models and experiences in implementing the Linking Small Farmers to Markets.

IPRCC is an international anti-poverty organization established jointly by the Chinese Government and the United Nations Development Program and other international organizations in June 2005. IPRCC has committed to make contributions to poverty reduction in the world through the promotion of policy research, experience-sharing, knowledge exchange and South-South Cooperation in the field of poverty reduction and development.

IPRCC was established by the Chinese Government to provide a platform for various professionals and development practitioners from different developing countries to share theoretic studies and policy analysis and explore effective approaches for agricultural growth and rural development. It is one of the 5 new measures to assume China’s international responsibilities announced by China’s president Hu Jintao at the High-Level Meeting on Financing for Development, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations. On June 22, 2004, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a keynote speech titled Promote Asian Cooperation in New Century at the Third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue held in Qingdao in which he pointed out that strengthening regional cooperation is not only an important part of China’s new-era foreign policy but also the need of its own development.

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