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Local and National Farmers’ Organizations in Indonesia Exchange Experiences, Technologies, and, Learning

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia – AsiaDHRRA and Bina Desa, together with CSA and Agriterra, organized a three-day farmers’ organizations (FOs) and partners exchange forum, with the theme: “Building Synergy and Cooperation among Partner FOs and Their Supporting Agri-Agencies in the Development and Growth of FOs.” The forum and synergy was held last 22-24 May 2016 at Sheraton Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia with support from AgriCord and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs (DGIS, Netherlands). It was attended by at least 33 representative from agri-agencies, and, leaders of national and local FO, namely: Aliansi Petani Indonesia (API), Amanah Cooperative, Kooperasi Permata Gayo, Komunitas Swabina Pedesaan Salassae (KSPS), Ngudi Makmur, Ngudi Mulyo, Petani Organik Dairi, Serikat Paguyuban Petani Qaryah Thayyibah (SPPQT), Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI), Kelompok Petani Alami (KPA), and, Wahana Masyarakat Tani dan Nelayan Indonesia (WAMTI).

The forum is the very first in bringing together FO leaders supporterd by their respective agri-agencies under the Farmers Fighting Program (FFP) in Indonesia. It aims to:

  1. Enable FOs to meet and to learn from each other, and their support organizations, as well;
  2. Link local work of partner FOs with national, regional, and global developments impacting agriculture, food systems (production, markets), identify issues, challenges faced, and solutions; and,
  3. Facilitate discussions on strengthening of FO services to members and plans for areas for joint action, learning exchanges and other forms of cooperation.

A presentation of case briefs written by 9 local FOs were presented covering three agricultural commodities: beras (rice), kopi (coffee), and, kakao (cocoa). The cases featured each FO’s unique experience in influencing local units of national government agencies and local programs and budgets to support their economic initiatives. The forum also featured a walk-through exhibit wherein FOs showcased their respective technologies and products.

The three-day activity was capped with a field visit in the cacao farms of Ngudi Mulyo in Gunung Kidul. It was an opportunity for the FO leaders to engage each other on the available on-site farm technologies implemented by Ngudi Mulyo.

One concrete output of the exchange visit was the commitment made between two FOs Ngudi Mulyo and Ngudi Makmur—the latter will sell rice seeds to Ngudi Mulyo at a lower price than the commercial seeds. Both Ngudi Mulyo and Ngudi Makmur are being supported by InDHRRA.

AsiaDHRRA is a member of the Agricord since 2012.

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AsiaDHRRA in the 6th Global Farmers Forum

Rome, Italy – AsiaDHRRA, represented by its Secretary General, participates in the 6th Global Farmers’ Forum held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) headquarters in Rome, Italy on 15-17 February 2016. This biennial forum is IFAD’s bottom-up process of consulting and having a dialogue with smallholders farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations across the world. It aims at strengthening effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and farmers organizations (FOs) in country programs, investment projects, and, at building FO’s capacity to engage in policy dialogue initiatives.

The Forum was followed by a number of knowledge management sessions organized by several IFAD’s partners. One of the side events was “Complementarities between Local and National Organizations,” which was hosted by AgriCord. AsiaDHRRA, as one of the presenters, shared the success story of Global Organic Wellness Corporation (GlowCorp)—a business venture with FOs, NGOs, and, individual supporters as incorporators/co-owners. Two of its FO co-owners are Pecuaria Development Cooperative (PDCI) and Cagayan Valley Organic Farmers’ Alliance (CAVOFA)—that are both members of PAKISAMA. AFA provided a perspective of the challenges confronted by smallholders in the Asian region.  The audience in the side event were impressed with Glow Corp’s experience and expressed interest to hearing and supporting more similar initiatives. AsiaDHRRA commits to support the economic development activities of its existing and potential partner-FOs, and, possibly linking them to Glow Corp and other similar ventures.

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AsiaDHRRA, MyanDHRRA train FO and NGO leaders on market bargaining power

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Yangon, Myanmar – AsiaDHRRA and MyanDHRRA organized a training-workshop, entitled: “Strategies on Building Small Farmers’ Market Bargaining Power”, which gathered around 32 representatives from national and local farmers organizations, local and international NGOs, research institutions, and, faith-based groups working with small farmers. It was held on 21-23 January 2016 at Myanmar Sports Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar.

The training-workshop aimed at developing the understanding of participants and enhancing their skills in utilizing available strategies and tools to build small producers’ market bargaining power. It was anchored by Dr. Nerlie Manalili—AsiaDHRRA’s consultant on agricultural enterprises.

Participants expressed appreciation of the concepts and skills shared during the training. Since most of the participating international and local NGOs are working on education and governance, they conveyed interests to include investments/initiatives on smallholders agricultural in their priority programs and projects.

The training activity is part of the capacity building component of the “Preparing the Grounds to Strengthen Farmers’ Organizations” in Myanmar—a joint project of AsiaDHRRA and MyanDHRRA.  The said project is financed through the AgriCord’s cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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AsiaDHRRA, MyanDHRRA to host workshop on market empowerment of small farmers

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This training workshop aims to develop understanding of participants and enhance their skills in utilizing available strategies and tools to build small producers market bargaining power.  The participants’ insights and views will also serve as guide in succeeding capacity building activities.

The participants include representatives from national and local farmers’ organizations, civil society/NGOs, and faith-based groups interested and working with/for the empowerment of small men and women producers.

The training activity is part of the capacity building component of the “Preparing the Grounds to Strengthen Farmers’ Organizations” in Myanmar project of AsiaDHRRA and MyanDHRRA.  The project is financed through the AgriCord cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

For further details, please e-mail Nonoy Villas at

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AsiaDHRRA Continues its Support to IYFF+10 Campaign

iyffgQuezon City, Philippines – Following the success of last year’s national celebration of International Year of Family Farming Knowledge Learning Market and Policy Engagement (IYFF KLMPE), the national Technical Working Group on IYFF—composed of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the International Fund for Agriculture and Organization (IFAD),  AsiaDHRRA, PhilDHRRA, AFA, PAKISAMA, ANGOC, and, AgriCord Philippines Synergy—continued the collaborative effort through the 2015 KLM-PE with the theme: “IYFF+1 Partnership for food security, nutrition and climate resiliency: increasing farmers market power.” It was held on 25-26 November 2015 at DA-BSWM Convention Center, Quezon City.

The 2015 IYFF+1 KLM-PE aimed at a) generating progress updates, reviewing current challenges and opportunities on 2014 IYFF declaration and commitments; b) drawing lessons from current models/innovations on climate-resilient agriculture, institutional purchase and farmers’ market, and agri-cooperatives; and, c) agreeing on action points for 2016 that would advance capacity building and effective participation of family farmers in policy making and program implementation, monitoring and evaluation of current government programs that build family farmers’ cooperatives, increase their market power and capacity to mitigate climate change. It also signalled the decade celebration of IYFF, dubbed as IYFF+10.

It was participated by at least 250 participants from government agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs) and farmers’ organizations (FOs). AsiaDHRRA mobilized participation of the Region 8 FO Alliance composed of FOs being supported through its Post-Yolanda Fund Local Initiatives, and, of FO-partners of PhilDHRRA.

The gathering commenced with the opening of interactive learning exhibits and sessions that showcase public and private programs and knowledge products related to family farming. During the opening programs, Dr. Liza Lim, PhilDHRRA’s Board Member, gave a remarks on behalf of the civil society organizations (CSOs). She encouraged the participants to take a unified action in addressing challenges especially on climate change, confronting family farmers.

Ms. Marlene Ramirez, AsiaDHRRA’s Secretary General, presented the progresses made and challenges faced by CSOs in taking actions related to 2014 IYFF declaration. Undersecretary Rosalinda Bistoyong of the DAR and Mr. Soc Banzuela of PAKISAMA also did the same on behalf of the government and the famrers’ organizations (FOs), respectively.

The 2015 IYFF+1 KLM-PE also served as venue for introducing good practices on a) sustainable agriculture and climate resiliency, b) enlarging farmers’ market power, and, c) agri-cooperatives. AsiaDHRRA anchored the workshop on sustainable agriculture and climate resiliency wherein the participants agreed that there is a need to:

  • promote integrated and diversified farming systems to combat climate related disaster risks based on the experiences of AsiaDHRRA’s partner-FOs in Yolanda affected areas;
  • provide family farmers a better access to appropriate sustainable agriculture technologies such as those introduced by SIBAT—an NGO promoting organic agricultural practices;
  • preserve and promote indigenous knowledge and practices in protecting and managing natural resources such as in the case of Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) of the DA with support from IFAD; and,
  • organize family farmers to help them in constructively engaging with the government and in accessing public programs.

Recommendations from the three workshops were consolidated into 2015 Philippines IYFF+1 Action Agenda.
Highlights of the workshop on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Resiliency may be read on this link.

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AsiaDHRRA supports Institutional Purchase Program for Family Farmers

Quezon City, Philippines – The Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISMA), in  partnership with Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), and with support from Collectif Strategies Alimentaires (CSA) and AsiaDHRRA, organized an “International Knowledge Sharing and Learning Workshop on Institutional Purchases” on 24 November 2015 at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City.

It was participated by representatives from national and international farmers’ organizations (FOs); regional and national NGOs working with rural communities; development institutions such as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and government agencies such as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Office of Congresswoman Leni Robredo.

The workshop aims to share and learn from experiences and initiatives on good practices of FOs’ involvement in government’s/public institutional food purchase program in Europe, Africa, and, Asia. The workshop also provided venue for understanding existing programs and policies in Philippines related to institutional food purchase and food security.
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Mr. Ernie Lim, Jr., AsiaDHRRA’s Consultant, presented a paper on expanding market access for family farmers and their organizations. As part of continuing International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)+10 campaign, the paper was commissioned by AsiaDHRRA in an attempt to contribute in the enhancement of the on-going advocacy initiatives of PAKISAMA and other partners for the creation of “structured demand” or institutional procurement for Filipino family farmers/smallholder farmers and their organizations. Specifically, the paper looks into some initiatives/models (i.e. from Brazil, US, Japan, and, PH) on structured demand involving family farmers and/or their organizations so to identify key challenges, learnings and innovations that may be considered to enhance current local advocacy initiatives.  The paper also presents cross comparison of the main features of Brazil’s Zero Hunger Program, HB No. 5618 and HB 6062 (Robredo Bill). Lastly, the paper recommends specific agenda for policy advocacy, and, other campaign tracks for family farmers.

After the sharing sessions, the participant were then grouped for sub-workshops to identify challenges, opportunities, and action points and/or mechanisms on how FOs can effectively engage in the government’s food purchase program.
To request a copy of AsiaDHRRA’s policy paper, please e-mail:

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