A network of gender focals from IFAD-Assisted projects, cso, implementing agencies in the Philippines created mainly to provide a forum where gender focal persons (GFPs) to discuss and analyze gender issues and formulate recommendations;
• create a venue for gender sharing among peers and learning from gender experts and resource persons, listen to rural voices from the field to learn from their experiences and establish a support network group on gender to help each other in mainstreaming gender equality in IFAD-assisted projects.
This short documentary shows how the remote Island of Abaiang in Kiribati is moving towards being a fully organic island. It shows how villagers value age old traditional farming practices that have been handed down from one generation to the next and how these very practices combined with community driven and participatory organic certification can lead to niche market opportunities. This project is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD), Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom)
“The idea of setting up the Rural Distribution Network is to internally rotate the scarce funds of the rural producers in a way that fetches maximum benefit and brings about positive changes in their lives and to provide multi-user facilities, reduce incidental expenses and build-up an integrated value chain in order to enhance the efficiency of agricultural activities, to reduce the hardships of the producers, processors and to create multiple employment opportunities and an efficient supply of agro-products to rural members”
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Cicia Island in Fiji’s Lau Group is one of the first fully organic islands in the Pacific. This short film documents the start of development of an organic participatory guarantee system which will assist local farmers provide the guarantee that consumers want that what they buy is truly organic. The film also shows how the whole community has embraced the concept to secure the future of the island – its environment, people and livelihoods. This project is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD), Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom).
Neglected and Underutilized species (NUS) are crop species that require much less input from farmers. NUS crops compared to mainstream crops make it easier for farmers, especially in dry land areas in Africa. Gus Le Breton explains that "Historically there hasn't been much of a market for them and the challenge for us is to try to turn these into marketable products, where farmers can grow them and know that in the process of doing so, they can actually earn a living as well as maintain a good nutrition and health."