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AFA

We are a regional alliance of 17 national federations and organizations of small scale women and men farmers and producers from 13 countries in Asia.

We were established in 2002 after a series of farmers’ exchange visits (FEVs) organized by our strategic NGO partner, AsiaDHRRA (Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia).

In these five FEVs, conducted over three years, we saw the great need to come, share, learn and act together to-wards our common desire for a better quality of life for ourselves, our families, and our farming communities.

AFA invites national farmers’ organiza-tions as members and works with NGOs in facilitating the formation of national farmers’ organizations and in continuously building their capacities.

It convenes a General Assembly every two years and an Executive Committee meeting every semester.

Our Vision

We envision our rural farming communities as:

  • Self-reliant, educated, happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous–free from hunger and poverty.
  • Having access to and control over our lands, other basic productive resources, goods and services.
  • Having access to fair markets for our products.
  • Nurturing our farmlands via appro-priate, integrated, and environment-friendly practices and technologies.
  • Participating in development processes through politically strong, socially responsive, culturally sensitive and economically viable FOs.

Our Mission

We aim to be:

  • A strong and influential voice of small- scale women and men farmers in Asia.
  • A strong lobby and advocacy group for farmers’ rights and development, genuine agrarian reform, and main- streaming sustainable agriculture in regional and national policies and programs.
  • A facilitator in the trading and marketing of our members’ products.
  • A venue for solidarity and exchange of information on agriculture and farmers’ development for our members.

Our Peasant Agenda

Together, we work to:

  1. Promote sustainable agricultural policies and practices.
  2. Study and promote alternatives to economic globalization.
  3. Promote agriculture among the young.
  4. Promote fair and just treatment of small-scale women and men farmers.
  5. Promote food sovereignty measures.
  6. Promote farmer-to-farmer market exchanges.
  7. Push for provisions on access to farm resources and rural development, and protection of small-scale women and men farmers’ rights in Asian inter-governmental bodies (ASEAN, SAARC, etc)
  8. Support environmentally-friendly adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change.
  9. Strengthen AFA at the national and regional levels.

Asian Farmers' Association Resources

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Policy Papers & Briefs
March 2012
Asia

“Large scale land investments” and “land grabbing” are the terms most commonly used to describe the rising global trend where foreign and local agribusinesses, mining corporations, governments, and investment houses obtain long term rights over large areas of land.

Reports & Research
February 2012
Asia

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Development (AFA) and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) agreed to undertake an outcome-based evaluation of the ten provincial training activities conducted from May –December 2010, under a twoyear Rural Women’s Leadership Project (RWLP), supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Developmen

Institutional & promotional materials
January 2012
Asia

In the area of Policy Advocacy, we aimed at influencing key inter-governmental regional and international decision-making bodies on common agricultural issues affecting small farmers.

Reports & Research
December 2011
Asia

 All over Asia, small women and men farmers are experiencing extreme and intense weather events brought about by climate change. Almost all of them are caught unprepared by changing climate patterns: rains are heavier, storms and floods occur more often, dry seasons are more intense and last longer. They do not understand why this is happening.

Multimedia
November 2011
Asia

Farmers' Voices, Farmers' Choices: In the Time of Climate Change

Reports & Research
November 2011
Asia

In 2008, Ka Lita, a woman rice farmer in the Philippines, stood in a long line to buy rice that was being sold by the National Food Authority (NFA), the government’s rice trading agency. She had been standing under the hot sun for several hours, but she had no choice but to wait for her turn to buy rice from the NFA.

Multimedia
October 2011
Philippines

A short video about climate change impacts and responses among small coconut farmers in the Philppines

Reports & Research
October 2011
Asia

Rising food prices, increasing climate instability and food riots have sparked profound political changes around the world and put agriculture high on the international agenda. What kind of agriculture is best suited to respond to those challenges, however, is the subject of profound disagreement.

Reports & Research
January 2011
Asia
Cambodia
Indonesia
Laos
Timor-Leste

Addressing the problem of hunger in a world where food production systems, particularly in developing countries, are being eroded and undermined by climate change is one of the most important challenges of our time.

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