Sophal Uon, Chairperson of AFA, talks about what the MTCP2 means for farmers and farmer organizations in Southeast Asia (22 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)
“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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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 Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means of eradicating hunger and poverty, supporting sustainable development and enhancing the environment. They were officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security on 11 May 2012. Since then implementation has been encouraged by G20, Rio+ 20, United Nations General Assembly and Francophone Assembly of Parliamentarians.
In this video, participants of the October 2011 intergovernmental negotiations on the Guidelines express their opinions on the importance of the Guidelines, their development process and how they can be implemented.
See the Resources section to read the guidelines.