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‘Organic Pasifika’ arose from the belief of our diverse group of stakeholders that our traditional organic farming practices when strengthened, coordinated and shared will meet the changing needs of our region and peoples and carry us forward into the future.
 

Pacific Participation in international event for The Year Of Family Farming
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:17

The Year of Family Farming is passing fairly quietly in the Pacific, with very few opportunities or resources available for the Pacific to engage. But after intense lobbying for Pacific representation in an international Family Farming event, Robert Bishop of the Family Farming Alliance, also the Palau Organic Farmers Association and the Palau-Taiwan Farmers Association attended the National Committee Meeting of the International Year of Family Farming in Budapest Hungry in March.  This civil society event hosted a friendly discussion for  domestic and international civil organizations before the “Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming” -  where the goal was to have space for international contact development (advocacy), getting together, familiarising each other, meeting and coming together and also to introduce  targets, ambitions, achievements and good practices.

National Union for Representing the Interests of Small-scale Farmers together with civil society organizations organized the event to:

  • discuss, contribute to and make proposals to the ‘Abu Dhabi Demands of Family Farming Organizations’ during the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014.
  • discuss and refine definitions for small-scale producer and family farming.
  • make proposals and develop for  the March 5 event , the Hungarian Family Farming Declaration to the international and domestic policy makers.

Bishop was invited to make a brief presentation where he outlined the composition and purpose of the Family Farming Alliance and spoke about how in Palau traditional family farming interweaves: agriculture, food, health, values and culture;   The Palauan expression “The Taro patch is the mother of our breath”  illustrated to the meeting  the value of traditional crops such as taro, sweet potato, cassava, coconut, betel nut, bananas.  Bishop used the opportunity to remind participants that farming enables culture, in fact there is no culture without agriculture- You are what you eat!  So if you eat local food you are a local.  If you eat imported food, you are an alien in your own land.

The main topics of the meeting were:
1. Access to land and other natural resources
2. Access to finance and insurance
3. Access to market, short [near] supply chain, farmers’ cooperation, family farming food production
4. Ecological farming and advisory - specially regarding to herbs as natural treasures
5. Diversification: local food systems, agrotourism
6. Food security, food waste.

7. Role of Agrotourism in the sustainability of the family farming

8. Sustainable farming with natural resources (+GMO, seeds)

All food and drinks served during the meeting were locally produced by family farms.

Following on from the Committee meeting on March 4-6 was the High Level Ministerial Round Table, Academic Discussion and Multi-stakeholder Dialogue [Forum] in Preparation for the International Year of Family Farming (2014) accompanied by a Global Expo on Family Farming hosted by the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development

The theme of the Ministerial Roundtable was the “role of family farms in contributing to local and global food security; policy options and best practices”.  30 Ministers attended and 100 countries were represented.

The aim of the Global Expo was to play a key role in raising awareness on the potential contribution of family farming to eradicate hunger and poverty. The Expo provided family farmers from around the world with the opportunity to showcase their activities and make the potential and values of Family Farming evident for policy-makers and society at large.

The Forum aimed to build momentum and address the building blocks and policy options in achieving family farming as a global priority in the agricultural, environmental and social policies at all levels.

The Global Forum featured three parallel Panel Discussions:

1) Family farming and the three dimensions of sustainability – harmonizing the social, environmental and economic aspects; academic approach;

2) Key challenges and opportunities for agricultural investments in family farming (Where are we globally and regionally?);

3) Role of women in family farming

Participants in these events were Ministers of Agriculture and/or government representatives, Heads and representatives of global and regional inter-governmental organizations and Heads and representatives of non-state global and regional organizations of family farmers (e.g. cooperatives and producer organizations, private sector, civil society, research institutions, universities). There were also many participants from FAO supported projects totalling more than 500 participants including farmers.

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POETCom is the peak organics body for the Pacific region, and its secretariat is based at SPC with funding support from the EU Increasing Agricultural Commodities Trade project (IACT). POETCom’s vision is that Organics and Ethical trade will be the key contributors to sustaining our cultures and communities; improving farmer livelihoods, communities, people’s health and the environment in the Pacific.

 

Pacific Organics is the key contributor to sustaining our cultures and improving farmer livelihoods, communities, people’s health and the environment in the Pacific.

Organic Pasifika arose from the belief that our traditional organic farming practices when strengthened, coordinated and shared will meet the changing needs of our region and peoples and carrying us forward into the future.