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.
Acronym
AFA

Asian Farmers' Association Resources

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Training Resources & Tools
January 2016
Asia
Vietnam

Information tool about organic farming. Content includes:

  • What is organic farming?
  • Why organic farming?
  • Organic farming back to traditional method
  • Use of pesticide 
  • The soil for organic farming
Multimedia
December 2015
Myanmar

Interview with Ma Khin Win, Chairperson of Thone Se Basic Trade Union (a member of AFFM). With English subtitles.

Reports & Research
October 2015
Asia
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Kyrgyzstan

The Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (or VGGT) is the first global document that addresses policy, legal and organizational frameworks that regulate tenure rights. Adopted by the Committee on World Food Security1 (CFS) last May 2012, the VGGT provide guidance on responsible governance of tenure on land, fisheries and forests as a means to alleviate hunger and poverty, enhance the environment, support national and local development and reform public administration.

Reports & Research
September 2015
Asia
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Kyrgyzstan

In 2014-2015, the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) implemented a project entitled “Popularizing the VGGT Among Small Scale Farmers Organizations, Relevant National Government and Inter-governmental Organizations” with the support of the International Land Coalition (ILC).

Reports & Research
August 2015
Asia
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Indonesia
Kyrgyzstan
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Philippines
Vietnam

There is a very close relationship between forestry and farming. Both forests and farms are source of food (both from plants and animals), nutrition, health, and livelihoods for family farmers. Besides, forests provide sources for fuel, energy, water and medicines. Forests beautify and contribute to biodiversity in a particular landscape.

Reports & Research
June 2015
Asia
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Indonesia
Japan
Kyrgyzstan
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Philippines
Thailand
Vietnam

Youth is often the time when a person starts to dream of the future, think of the path to take and boldly and aggressively set his/her life in motion. In many rural villages, to be a farmer is not part of this dreamt future . Farming is a lowly job and does not earn, so better migrate to cities or abroad where there may be more opportunities and adventure. What will then be the future of agriculture and food without young farmers? No farmer, no food. No food, no life.

Multimedia
July 2014
Nepal

Though NLRF's members are focused on land rights issues, many of its members are innovating products like beans and seeds. Organic beans are used as vegetables and lentils. When dried and added some sugar, they become favorite snacks for people travelling in buses. There is also pink organic lentils grown in the field as rotating crop with rice. It is a remedy for some ailments. There is also hot plant, which gives something like electric current when you touch them. Poor people collect it from the forest and make soup out of it. It is known for its nutritional and medicinal value.

Reports & Research
February 2014
Asia

As opposed to agribusiness or corporate farming, FAO defined family farming as “a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by a family, both female and male. The family and the farm are linked, co-evolve and combine economic, environmental, reproductive, social and cultural functions.

Multimedia
November 2013
South-Eastern Asia
Asia

Video teaser shown during the official launch of MTCP2 on November 23, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand