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SOURCE: World Economic Forum
Small-scale family farmers in South-East Asia face big challenges. They have to increase yields to produce more for the family and society. But in so doing, they must provide safe and nutritious food, increase their incomes, adapt to the changing climate, protect their ecosystem and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all at the same time.
Our organization, the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, has a response to these challenges: sustainable, agro-ecological and inclusive approaches to agriculture and agro-based enterprises.
That is why this year’s World Economic Forum on East Asia, which will feature the launch of the Grow Asia initiative, is particularly important for us. Grow Asia is a partnership of stakeholders across the agricultural value chain, including government, domestic , regional and multinational companies, multilateral and civil society organizations, farmers, consumers and entrepreneurs.
The main purpose of the partnership is to work together across the agriculture value chain to enable the development of environmentally sustainable and inclusive agriculture growth in South-East Asia, with a specific focus on smallholders. The partnership targets to reach – by 2020 – 10 million smallholder farmers in the region, improving their productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability by at least 20%.
Grow Asia is exciting because it brings together a mix of new partners, many of whom have not worked with each other before. There will be much room for sharing, learning and innovation. As with any other partnership, Grow Asia is also challenging because there can be a diversity of views, perspectives and ways of doing. Thus we think it is important that Grow Asia establishes some clear parameters of what “sustainable” and “inclusive” growth means.
For the Asian Farmers Association, an alliance of national farmer organizations with members and partners in seven ASEAN countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam), sustainable and inclusive growth means:
- Production technologies that improve and enhance the soil’s health, promote biodiversity, reduce wastage and promote nutrient recycling, promote diversification and integration, build on local knowledge and wisdom, and allow farmers to continuously innovate
- Marketing and distribution systems that are economically rewarding
- Adequate access to finance, markets and information
- Increased participation in the value chain; for example, in processing our products
- Significant involvement in the decision-making processes of the partnership
The Grow Asia partnership should also recognize farmers as not only beneficiaries and producers but also as equal partners, with significant involvement in the decision-making process. Farmers are being organized into geographical and commodity lines at local, national and regional levels both for lobbying and economic activities, and their robust involvement in Grow Asia for sustainable and inclusive growth might just make a big difference.
Author: Estrella Penunia, Secretary-General, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Philippines
Image: A farmer carries rice seedlings at a paddy field on the outskirts of Phnom Penh July 11, 2013. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
In 2015, the International Land Coalition will turn 20. In these two decades, the members of the coalition have significantly advanced the coalition’s mission to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing, and capacity building.
To celebrate and give global visibility to the work of its members, the coalition will present on the occasion of the Global Land Forum in Dakar in May 2015, the International Land Coalition Award to an ILC member that has contributed in an outstanding manner towards land that is governed for and with people.
Between May and August 2014, ILC members were given the opportunity to submit success stories on how they promoted or advanced people-centred land governance. From the 75 success stories received, a selection committee of ILC members has nominated nine success stories – one for each ILC commitment on people-centred land governance.
Presenting the 2015 Nominees:
23 April 2015 • 1:15pm ‐ 2:30pm Conference Room 12, UN HQ, New York
The side event, supported by the ﬁndings of a newly commissioned paper, to generate dialogue and provide feedback on common approaches for promoting the rights of indigenous peoples with disabilities in general and their greater access to training, decent work and employment as well as livelihoods.
Indigenous peoples with disabilities, an estimated 54 million people, have a universal right to decent work and livelihoods, as recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007).
The need to address proactively the right to work of indigenous peoples with disabilities has recently been highlighted in the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, with UN Member States expressing their commitment to promote and protect “the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities and to continuing to improve their social and economic conditions, including by developing targeted measures for the aforementioned action plans, strategies or measures, in collaboration with indigenous persons with disabilities”.
To know more about the side event, see the event fllyer: Invitation_side event_ IPs with Disabilities_23 April 2015
SOURCE: DATA POP Alliance
April 20 – 22, 2015
Data-Pop Alliance is co-organizing the Cartagena Data Festival with our partners theOverseas Development Institute (one of our co-founding institutions), UNDP, CEPEI, UNFPA, Paris21 and Africa Gathering.
The event will bring together over 400 participants from across the world and different sectors–governments, civil society organisations, technical innovators, academics and data activists–to join and shape the global conversation on the ‘Data Revolution’ and post-2015 agenda.
We are leading on 3 components of the Festival;
- The ‘Big Data and Development’ Track (full agenda here)
- The ‘Data Capsule‘ Track
- A ‘Data and Development’ cartoon competition and exhibition