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Proceedings of the Regional Policy Forum on Developing Public Policies for Family Farming

The regional policy forum Developing Public Policies for Family Farming: Reaching Out to the Grassroots through Participatory Policy Making was organized as part of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF). The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization United Nations (FAO), co-organized the forum, which was broadcasted live online via Zoom on 27 April 2021.

The forum was intended to be a platform for identifying the enabling factors and constraints to participatory policymaking concerning family farming in Southeast Asia (SEA). Learnings from this event would serve as critical inputs for the development of recommendations to promote participatory processes in public policy development in the region. Around 50 individuals from various public and private institutions, farmers’ organizations, and civil society, as well as developmental organizations from selected countries in Southeast Asia participated in the forum. Resource speakers from Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Vietnam were invited to share the results of the country case studies conducted under the project “Case Study Researches on Public Policies in Asia and the Pacific” as well as on the recent country initiatives in relation to the development of National Action Plans (NAP) in support of the UNDFF.


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