With the theme "IYFF+2 Engaging development partners towards sustainable development of smallholder/family farmers," the Departments of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Agriculture (DA) led by the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD) will be celebrating the second year of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in the Philippines. The IFAD will once again conduct a Knowledge and Learning Market-Policy Engagement (KLM-PE) to continuously promote the fishing families and smallholder farming to ensure food security and alleviate poverty in the countryside. IFAD Country Programme Officer Jerry E. Pacturan said the KLM-PE would gather more than 200 leaders from the farmers and fisher organizations, civil society, government agencies, development partners and other stakeholders to share innovations and good practices. "In this 2-day event, we will have learning sessions with various rural groups where they will focus on discussing opportunities, challenges and trends that affect farming families. These sessions will include concepts and cases that would showcase good and innovative practices in rural development," said Pacturan. The IFAD invited civil society groups in campaigning for the goals of the IYFF. The groups actively involved are the Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA), Philippine and Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resourse in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA and AsiaDHRRA), Medium Term Cooperation Program Phase II (MTCP2), Trias, WeEffect, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), and Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC). "These civil society groups will greatly help us in drumbeating the issues concerning farming families and small-scale food producers," added Pacturan. The event is scheduled on November 17 and 18 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Convention Hall in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. TheIFAD is the lead facilitator in the conduct of KLM-PE in the Philippines.
Source: Philippine Information Agency