ASASAN regional planning workshop held

ASASN , IFSN's regional partner in South America, had their four-day planning workshop in La Paz, Bolivia from March 19 to 21. The workshop provided the member countries an opportunity to meet and share common challenges in the region, and plan activities for 2014 accordingly.

One of the key agreements was to develop a mapping of food security situation in ASASAN member countries and starting from there, develop further research and policy position to advance food security in the region. Moreover, Mercosur has been identified as a potential regional target for advocacy, together with the Parliamentary Front against Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative. The last is a commitment of the countries and organizations of the region, supported by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), to contribute towards creating conditions that would allow eradication of hunger by the year 2025.

Seminar on Family Farming: Prior to the planning workshop, ASASAN organized a seminar on family farming, with participation from Bolivia Government, FAO, academics and civil society. The meeting presented all the different initiatives brought forward within the framework of the International Year of Family Farming. Government of Bolivia illustrated the four steps plan to strengthen Bolivian family farming – firstly a document to map and define the family farming organizations in the country, secondly a national programme to support family farming, thirdly a register to record and centralize all the information of Bolivian family farming units, and fourthly a "social labeling" to certify the value of production by family farming.

Civil society brought their experience in support of family farming, from site-specific programme interventions to more international actions for the defense of the human right to food in the UN system.

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