On 16th March, 2022 CFAP’s managing director, Sok Sotha participated in two workshop(s)/meeting(s) virtually i.e. (1). on public policy and agroecological transitions in the ASEA and Launching of the Farmers’ Organization for Asia (FO4A). The workshop on public policy and agroecology transformations in ASEAN co-organised by the Agroecology in South East Asia (ASEA) and the Markets and Agriculture Linkages for Cities in Asia (MALICA).
The workshop aimed at sharing the results of researches/studies on agroecology and policies in Vietnam and Laos. The workshop had also presented about the ongoing activities of the project – Transitions to Agroecological Food Systems (TAFS). During the discussion, concerns on illegal import of chemical elements included pesticides could be obstacles for agroecological practices of smallholders and safety food for consumers in countries along the Mekong region.
# Public Policy and Agroecological Transformations in the ASEAN.
The Launching of the Farmers’ Organizations for Asia (FO4A) happened today which participated by European Union Delegation to ASEAN, IFAD Director for Asia and the Pacific, AgriCord, Assistant director of the ASEAN Secretariat, SAAC, AFA, LVC and farmers’ organisations in Asia with 131 participants. Presentations and briefings made by LVC and AFA to the workshop. FO4A funded by IFAD and EU and in partnership with AFA, LVC and AgriCord to support farmers in Asia. Currently, there are 14 countries involved in the FO4A project. The project aimed to reach 1.25 million farmers to benefit from favorable policy, 150,000 farmers will increased in income, 1000 farmers’ organizations will provide economic services and 250 farmers’ organisations will be sustainable. There were four comments within this project i.e. Com 1: Improving Economic Services, Com2: Policy Engagement, Com3: FO Strengthening and Com4: KM.
# Launching of the Farmers’ Organization for Asia (FO4A).
The project would encourage smallholder farmers as youth, women and men in agriculture, agri business, institutional strengthening, policy advocacy and climate change.