AFA pushes for support to small farmers’ agricultural transition at Rio+20

AFA delegates to the Rio+20 joined the dialogue session on “Agricultural Transition” organized by the More and Better network yesterday at the Rio Centro in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

The dialogue session is one among of many civil society parallel events being held in conjunction with the Rio+20 Earth Summit scheduled on June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In his speech during dialogue, AFA Chairperson Uon Sophal shared his experience in transitioning into organic farming through the use of SRI, with Mr. Pan Sopheap, FNN Executive Director, acting as translator before a huge audience of organic agriculture advocates and practitioners, as well as other NGOs.

“Small farmers like us form the majority of the people in the ASEAN region. “We contribute to food security by producing the food that feeds a growing population,” Sophal said.

“We can do more if you support us in practicing farming systems that are productive, economically viable, and agro-ecologically sound,” he added.

The AFA delegation to the Rio+20 is composed of representatives from AINOUKAI in Japan, PAKISAMA in the Philippines, FNN in Cambodia, and the secretariat.

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AFA calls for sustainable agro-ecology at Rio+20

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) calls on world leaders attending the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil to commit to policies that support sustainable agro-ecology with small scale women and men farmers.

AFA believes that such kind of agriculture will help realize the the future that small scale women and men farmers want (contained in the association’s vision statement) where they are:

-self-reliant, educated, happy, healthy, peaceful, prosperous, and free from hunger and poverty;

-having access to and control over lands and other productive resources, goods and services;

-nurturing their farmlands via appropriate, integrated, and environment-friendly practices and technologies;

-having access to fair markets for their products; and,

-participating in development processes through politically strong, socially responsive, culturally sensitive and economically viable FOs.

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AFA joins Rio+20 UNCSD

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Development (AFA) is participating in the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) being held here on June 16-22, 2012.

It is the first time that AFA has visited Brazil and Latin AmRerica, where it has a partner regional farmers’ organization called COPROFAM (“International Confederation of Organizations of Family Farmers of the Extended Mercosur”).

COPROFAM has 12 member organizations in seven countries including CONTAG (“National Confederation of Agricultural Workers”) in Brazil.

CONTAG is hosting the AFA delegates together with the Pan Africa FarmersOrganizations (PAFFO).

AFA is officially registered at the UNCSD under the Farmers’ Major Group.

On June 20-22, representatives from each AFA member country will have access to the Plenary Session to observe the official UNCSD negotiation processes at the Rio Centro Convention Center and possibly their government negotiators there.

They will have access as well to the Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) on June 18, for the one day meetings focused on agriculture, the Sustainability Development Dialogues organized by the Brazil government on June 16-19 in Rio Centro, and the People’s Summit (Cupula dos Povos na Rio+20) organized mainly by the CSOs in Flamengo on June 15-23.

AFA will join meetings and sessions that it co-organized or where it has been invited to speak or where the session is about sustainable smallholder and family agriculture where its presence as advocates is needed.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is supporting the participation of the three regional farmers’ organizations in Rio+20.

AFA also got support from Agriterra, the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA), and the Brazilian government.

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