AFA Regional Consultation on Global Financial Meltdown and Agricultural Trade Agenda

23-24 February 2009, Bangkok, Thailand

Marek Poznanski, 19 February 2009

Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)Regional Consultation on Global Financial Meltdown and Agricultural Trade Agenda


1. Understand the causes and dynamics of the global financial meltdown, analyze its possible effects and impact to the Asian region’s agriculture, and identify the challenges to Asian farmers.

2. Formulate a regional agriculture trade agenda that benefits and promotes the well-being and livelihoods of men and women farmers in East and Southeast Asia.

3. Formulate a plan of action that will maximize the opportunities and threats of the global financial meltdown and will strengthen the promotion of the regional trade agenda.

Major Activities:

1. Regional consultation on two major topics: (1) the impact of the global financial meltdown to agriculture and (2) regional agriculture trade agenda for small men and women farmers

2. Significant participation in APNFS, APF/ACSC 4 activities

3. 23rd AFA ExeCom Meeting

4. Dialogue with important and relevant officials of ASEAN regarding our policy perspectives and proposals for the development of small men and women farmers in the region

Detailed Program :
February 23
08.00-09.00 Opening and Introductions

Welcome Remarks by Mr. Prawit Panchareon, Chairperson, SKP

Opening Remarks by Ms. Sudaporn Sittisathapornkul, Chairperson, AFA

Introduction of Participants

Objectives and Flow of Program by Esther Penunia, Secretary General, AFA

09.00-12.30 Session 1: The Global Financial Meltdown and its Impact to Agriculture and Asian Farmers

Sharing Session by AFA members (5 minutes each for 1 hour):
— -How do we understand the global financial meltdown?
— -Is it affecting us now? In the future? In what ways?

Presentation/ Input (1 hour)

— - The Global Financial Meltdown: How It Came About, How Widespread It Is, How Long It Will Last (20 mins)

— -Possible Impact to Agriculture and Asian
Farmers; Responses
Speaker from ASEAN Secretariat (10 mins)
Speaker from APNFS (10 mins)
Speaker from Focus (10 mins)

Open Forum (40 minutes)

Action Points (30 minutes)
(focus on how we can maximize opportunities and reduce threats of global financial meltdown; possibilities of partnerships for these to happen)

Synthesis of Discussion
12.30-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-18.00 Session 2: A Regional Trade Agenda for a Food Secure and Less Poor Asian Farmer

Validation of Research Findings
ASEAN Regional Trade Agenda, by Ms. Riza Bernabe, AFA Commissioned Researcher (1.5 hours):

The EU Farm Policy: Role and Impact to European Farmers, by Marek Poznanski, CSA (30 mins)

FAORAPs’ Agenda on Food Security (FAORAP rep, 20 mins)

Concept on Specific Regional Policy Propoals (1 hour):

ASEAN Farmers/Producers’ Council: proposal on the process of forming this, its relationship, role and recognition in ASEAN official structures
— -ASEAN Agriculture Development Fund: possibilities of setting this up, mechanics

ASEAN Common Farm Policy: proposed objectives, provision


February 24

08.30-11.00 Session 3: Detailing our Actions

Synthesis of Discussions and Action Points discussed during February meetings (APNFS, APF/ACSC4, AFA consultation Feb 23)

Small Group Discussion:
a. action points in upscaling sustainable agriculture

b. action points in marketing our products at local levels

c. action points in women empowerment within AFA

d. action points in advocating Farm Policy, Devt fund and Rural Producer’s Council in ASEAN

Plenary Session

11.00-11.30 Closing Ceremonies

Closing Remarks by Ms. Sudaporn Sittisathapornkul, Chairperson, AFA

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