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.
More than 360 participants from IFAD, FAO, DAR, DA, DSWD and their Philippine network partners composed of the national government and line agencies, local government units, congress, financial and donor agencies, private/business sector, academe, media, CSO and PO delegates attended the “IYFF Knowledge and Learning Market-Policy Engagement” from 24-25 November 2014 held at 2nd Floor DA-BSWM Convention Center in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.
On it's 8the year, Knowledge and Learning Market was held as pre-activity to the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) Global Closing held in Manila, Philippines on 27 November 2014.
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."
Encouraging innovation and project financing through "competition"
Improving Market Participation of the Poor in Tra Vinh project (IMPP-TV) is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a UN's rural poverty agency. The objective of the project is to contribute to improving a sustainable income for the poor in rural areas in Tra Vinh. Project activities are built around supporting the poor so that they could access and participate in different markets inside and outside the province. The project ended on December 31, 2012, and achieved most of the targeted objectives. There are many innovative activities and models which should be studied and replicated.
A very innovative and effective activities of IMPP project, is changing the fund of business development and market linkages from the form of "non-competitive" to "competitive". One of the ways the project helped rural farmers to become more competetive was through a learning mission to Peru, where they saw first hand how farmers in South America are using competitive models to build rural empowerment.
This video has been subtitled to Spanish, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfyg-HmUuqg
by IMPP TV, IFAD and PROCASUR
More information at: asia.procasur.org
The blueprint to address food and nutrition security in small outer islands across Pacific island countries and territories that face the consequences of climate change, family food and nutrition insecurity and loss of biodiversity, was developed from the Kwai Island Organic Farming Model for Family Food and Nutrition Security, together with INHIM Community Care, Atori, East Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. Kwai Island is a tiny dot off the east coastline of Malaita, one of the small outer islands in the Solomon Islands. The people of Kwai generally live on seafoods. This model is now widely known around the Pacific. It was costly for islanders to procure vegetables and fruits from the mainland. Their sandy soils hinder the crop growth. We introduced ‘Sup-Sup’ home organic gardening. This facilitates proper waste segregation and island sanitation, as well as successful local organic production of fruits and vegetables of various colors. It is a simple approach that has allowed Kwai Islanders access to ‘rainbow-colored’ nutritious diverse organically grown foods. This small change has impacted greatly on the lives of the Kwai Islanders and has become a success story for other small outer islands across the Pacific. This model (blue print) was developed without money, but with full community participation and cost-sharing, which transformed the whole Kwai Island community to go into organic vegetable and fruit farming: from zero in the past to abundant and diverse food now. This model is a guide to reproduce it in other outer island communities (living on atolls vulnerable to global sea-level rise/king tides), across the Solomon Islands and in nearby Pacific countries as safety net to address food and nutrition insecurities.
This video addresses family food and nutrition security in small outer island with sandy soils: Kwai Island, Solomon Islands. This Organic Farming Kwai Island model can be replicated in other outer islands/ atolls/ artificial islands around the Pacific Islands Countries and Territories.