Afa Calls And Actions

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Afa Calls And Actions

  1. 1. Our calls and actions Asian women farmers reclaiming space for food sovereignty amidst climate change
  2. 2. Climate change: a real global issue affecting small scale farmers <ul><li>Climate change is serious issue that affects every country and every citizen, both rich and poor </li></ul><ul><li>Asia is one of the most affected areas . Unpredictable and extreme weather conditions are being felt </li></ul>
  3. 3. Effects to farmers <ul><li>Low /no yields </li></ul><ul><li>pests </li></ul><ul><li>Diseases (animals and humans) </li></ul><ul><li>Low quality of crops </li></ul><ul><li>Low prices of crops </li></ul><ul><li>Low incomes </li></ul><ul><li>Migration </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple burden for women </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our solutions <ul><li>community level: backyard gardening, food storage (umbung), diversified farming, organic farming, food sharing, use of traditional seeds, </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational level: organizing for production , savings and income-generation and marketing activities </li></ul><ul><li>Policy level: engaging the government </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our calls and actions - national <ul><li>Support sustainable agriculture done by small scale men and women farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers at the forefront; Participate in consultation and decision making bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive disaster management programs including Timely and accurate weather forecasts </li></ul><ul><li>Provide resources for these to happen </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our calls and action-international <ul><li>Gender sensitive policies , texts, declarations of world summits, protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Promote gender mainstreaming in programs for agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the capacities of women leaders </li></ul><ul><li>at community , national and international levels </li></ul><ul><li>Participation of women leaders in the principle of gender equality </li></ul><ul><li>Financing for women farmers’ empowerment, conversion to sustainable agriculture , women-friendly technologies </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our calls and actions - international <ul><li>Build and strengthen regional women’s farmers groups </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen linkages with other women’s groups like WOCAN, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Training courses for women leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen participation of women farmer leaders /AFA in international conferences , in partnership with WOCAN </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our calls and action-AFA <ul><li>Increase the knowledge of AFA members (e.g. issue paper, training ) </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct more researches, and in more countries - on environment, cc-resilient crops, local knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>More farmers’ exchange visits; match training needs with expert resource </li></ul><ul><li>More training and resource information and sharing of technologies for adaptation and mitigation </li></ul><ul><li>Have sharing sessions on how members do certain things </li></ul>
  9. 9. Response-wocan <ul><li>We should seize this exciting moment ! Agriculture in the agenda of CC negotiations, </li></ul><ul><li>we should look for space to empower ourselves, along with men farmer partners; look for men who are supportive of gender equality </li></ul><ul><li>AFA in World Food Week (Oct 12-16) in Rome facilitated by WOCAN; AFA participation in Copenhagen meeting being facilitated by WOCAN </li></ul>
  10. 10. Response-FAORAP <ul><li>Agriculture should be part of the solution on climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers really at forefront in adaptation and mitigation measures of climate change ; make sure we get the political space! </li></ul><ul><li>FOs have a role to play </li></ul><ul><li>Organic agriculture very important in carbon sequestration : how do we aggregate </li></ul><ul><li>After copenhagen: still a lot of work to do! </li></ul><ul><li>Bali building blocks: adaptation, mitigation, financing, technology : cluster messages around this </li></ul><ul><li>FAORAP office will cooperate closely with AFA </li></ul><ul><li>FAO has food security in its major agenda </li></ul><ul><li>We should act together ! </li></ul>

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