First global meeting of Farmers Forum
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First global meeting of Farmers' Forum
13 - 14 février 2006
The first meeting of the Farmers' Forum took place in Rome on 13 and 14 February 2006, bringing together 162 representatives at the ministerial level and more than 50 farmers’ leaders from all over the world who interacted with IFAD staff and selected partners.
Participants were also invited to the IFAD Governing Council, where they could join in the three thematic round tables, in which several farmers’ representatives were also invited as panellists.
On the first day of the three-day meeting, participants broke into three regional groups – Africa, Asia and Latin America – where discussions were held on improving and institutionalizing the partnerships between IFAD and farmers' organizations. On the second day, three thematic working groups were set up to discuss:
- pro-poor access to land and land tenure security
- building capacity of grassroots rural institutions
- regional market integration and family agriculture
On the third day, participants discussed and endorsed a synthesis of deliberations from the Forum. It was then read to the Twenty-Ninth session of IFAD’sGoverning Council by Estrella Penunia, Secretary-General of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development and Philip Kiriro, Vice-President of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers.
The main recommendations in the synthesis were:
- The opening of IFAD-led or IFAD-supported processes – such as the development of its strategies at national and regional levels and corporate levels; and the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes and projects – to the participation of farmers' organizations
- The institutionalization of the Farmers' Forum process
- Strengthening IFAD's focus on the issue of access to natural resources through the facilitation of dialogue between governments and representatives of small farmers and pastoralists, rural women, indigenous peoples, coastal communities and other marginalized groups
- Supporting the capacity-building efforts of farmers' organizations through the sustained provision of direct financing
- Deepening and broadening the support to the active engagement of farmers' organizations in regional integration processes through an evaluation of the impact of regional market integration policies and market liberalization on family agriculture and the livelihoods of the rural poor.