After two days of collaborative sharing and policy deliberations, 2015 KLM-PE participants has finally came up with their policy recommendations in support to family farming presented and accepted by the government for action considerations next year during the last day of the KLM-PE at the BSWM Convention, Diliman, Quezon City.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), AsiaDHRRAH, PAKISAMA and farmer organizations (FO) accepted on stage the challenge to pursue the measures indicated in the ‘2016 Philippines IYFF+1 Action Agenda’ handed over by the farmer organization representatives.
IFAD Country Programme Officer Yolando Arban, on behalf of the IFAD-Philippines, pledged their commitment to continually support small family holders and uphold rural development.
Linda Manluctao of DAR also committed to support these on-going advocacies as they can now see the gains of these efforts.
Marlene Ramirez of AsiaDHRRA, on the other hand, strongly pushes to support the IYFF+10 initiatives to continually advocate and champion family farmers nationwide.
Soc Banzuela, national coordinator of Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) together with other farmer representatives jointly accepted the challenge to pursue on these initiatives next year.
“Tinatanggap namin ang hamon ng mga kabataang magsasaka sa pagsulong para sa masaganang buhay para sa mga magsasaka,” said Binedicto Aquillo, PAKISAMA chairman.
“Kailangan po nating ituloy and pagbabagong ito. Ang pagbabago ay nagsisimula sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga magsasaka at maayos na pagfunction ng gobyerno,” said Ireneo R. Cerilla, PAKISAMA president.
Farmers, Civil society organizations, government agencies and the academe are all now banking on these drafted action points for the furtherance of family farming efforts in the country underscoring the challenges and opportunities beyond 2015.
The knowledge and learning market and policy engagement as a platform of multi-sectoral consultation was also appreciated by many of the participants as they sought for the continuation of such activities through a legal support from the government and be included as a regular multi-sectoral activity. This is to continue collaborative exchanges and discussions of all sectors on common issues, concerns and advocacies, thus, consistently addressing pressing challenges and together, taking on new opportunities.//