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

10b FO forum

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.

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.

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.

kick off soils

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AsiaDHRRA organizes MTCP 2’s learning exchange forum on seeds

8 December 2014, Quezon City, Philippines – AsiaDHRRA organized a forum, entitled: “Harvesting Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities on Seeds in Asia and the Pacific: A Learning Exchange Forum” on 5-7 December 2014 at Brentwood Suits, Quezon City, Philippines.   It was participated by FO representatives from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands who belong to the MTCP2 cooperation among farmers’ organizations. Continue Reading →

Asiadhrra to co-sponsor side event on sustainable, equitable and viable food systems at the CFS 40 Side Event in Rome

Asiadhrra together with other civil society groups is co-sponsoring a side event entitled “Sustainable, equitable and viable food systems: Civil Society Messages for the International Year of Family Farming and Beyond” on Wednesday 9th October, 14.00 – 15.00 at  the FAO Austria Room during the Official Side Event at CFS 40 in Rome, Italy. The activity is part of the official side-event of the CFS 40 and is organized by the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for the Committee of World Food Security (CFS).

The side event will give examples and characteristics of sustainable, equitable and viable food systems, including crop and livestock production.  Examples and experiences from transition processes will be highlighted. Implications for public policies and responsible investment will be discussed. The International Year of Family Farming in 2014 provides opportunities to present and promote sustainable, equitable food systems.

Among the panelists are:
• Pablo Manzano, Global Coordinator, World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP
• Willy Schuster, La Via Campesina
• Laura Lorenzo, Deputy Coordinator of the IYFF-2014, World Rural Forum

What is CFS?
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. In 2009 the Committee went through a reform process to ensure that the voices of other stakeholders were heard in the global debate on food security and nutrition. The vision of the reformed CFS is to be the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. CFS was reformed to address short term crises but also long term structural issues. The Committee reports annually to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

Download the side-event program here….


Learn more about the CFS here…

More details on CFS 40th Plenary here….

Updates on the IYFF Campaign here….

Asiadhrra gearing up for IYFF 2014

At the global level, both the official and CSO processes are rolling for the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014. CSO and Official side events on the IYFF are taking place from Oct 3-11, 2013 in Rome in conjunction with the upcoming 40th Session of the Committee on World Food Security. Asiadhrra will be participating in these CFS related events and shall speak in an official IYFF side event organized by France and the Philippines on Oct 8.

The IYFF 2014 will be formally launched by the UN in New York in November. It will also be launched by the European Commission on November 29th in Brussels through a conference entitled “Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world”. In the Asia-Pacific region, FAO shall conduct its launching orientation of the IYFF 2014 by the 3rd week of November in Bangkok.


A family farm in Cambodia

In ASEAN,  Asiadhrra and its partner FOs and CSOs have actively advocated for the IYFF through the SOM-AMAF (ASEAN senior officials meeting for agriculture and forestry) process and will now bring the discussion at the Technical Working Group level.

Locally, Asiadhrra is part of the IYFF 2014 AdHoc Working Group in the Philippines, where its secretariat is based,  together with Phidhrra, PAKISAMA (national confederation of farmers) and AFA. The PH working group is being convened by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and anchored by the Departments of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and of Agriculture (DA).

Asiadhrra views IYFF 2014 as a strategic opportunity that  development stakeholders should actively engage not only to celebrate the contributions of family farmers and bring back dignity of farming, but to push for over due policy reforms in favor of small holder agriculture. More info about the IYFF 2014 can be found at  The World Rural Forum, for which Asiadhrra is a member, coordinates the global IYFF Campaign since 2009 until its official sanction by the UN General Assembly in December 2011.  Asiadhrra sits for Asia in the World Consultative Committee (WCC) for the CSO campaign of the IYFF 2014.