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 June 20 2007
FFTC agricultural economist, Mr. In-Woo Lee, presents the Center’s mission and commitment to respond to the technological needs of Asian small-scale farmers during the workshop.

FFTC agricultural economist, Mr. In-Woo Lee, presents the Center’s mission and commitment to respond to the technological needs of Asian small-scale farmers during the workshop.

PHILIPPINES - FFTC firmed up its partnership with the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) with its active participation in the recently concluded “Regional Consultation Workshop on Farmers’ Situation: Responding to Major Difficulties Faced by Farmers in Asia”. The workshop, aimed toward achieving a better understanding of the situation of farmers in their respective Asian countries and develop concrete ways to respond to the difficulties and challenges they face, was held on June 12-15, 2007 at the SEAMEO INNOTECH Center in Commonwealth Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

During the consultation-workshop, leaders of AFA member organizations shared overall farmer’s situation in their countries, focusing on major difficulties that they face; attempted to understand better the issues of farmers from other countries; and came up with very concrete on-ground action plans that respond to the difficulties shared by the farmers. The forum was attended by 21 participants from 7 Asian farmer organizations who are members of AFA. It was hosted by the Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), an AFA member in the Philippines, in cooperation with AFA, AsiaDHRRA, and PhilDHRRA.

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Field visit to a local farmer organization.

FFTC was represented in the workshop by its agricultural economist, Mr. In-Woo Lee, who introduced to the participants the Center’s commitment to contribute to the revitalization of the agriculture sector in the Asian and Pacific (ASPAC) region through rural community development and transformation. He also discussed the Center’s mission and commitment to respond to the technological needs of small-scale farmers in the ASPAC amid the changing global environment, as well as its intent to strengthen future collaborative undertakings with the AFA toward contributing to the alleviation of the plight of Asian farmers and the attainment of sustainable agriculture in the region.

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Philippine farmers' march to express their sentiment on the country's agrarian reform program.

The workshop also provided an opportunity for a forum-dialogue on WTO, ASEAN Charter, and EU-ASEAN FTA concerns, as well as a field visit to the area of the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Bundok ng Antipolo (SAMBA), a local farmer organization belonging to PAKISAMA, in Sitio Nagpatong, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Philippines.

Local and international participants also expressed solidarity with around 300 farmers, fishers, rural women and children during a march to the Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) compound to express their sentiment for the extension of the country’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

FFTC’s active participation to the AFA workshop is an indication of the Center’s new direction and initiative to broaden its network of partners to include grassroots/farmers organization, to be able to listen to and identify their needs. This way, the Center can better provide them with direct and easy access to practical technologies and information to allow them more economic opportunities and contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods.