MANILA, Sept. 17, 2011—Farmers from different Asian countries will gather in the Philippines beginning Sunday to discuss relevant updates on sustainable agriculture.
Conference activities include theoretical and technical inputs on organic farming technologies, exposure visit and farm demonstration in selected organic farming communities and sharing and presentation of the national level implementation of sustainable agriculture program and workshop on the issues.
The program which is aptly known as CREAM stands for Climate Resilient Eco-Friendly Agriculture Mainstreaming and began in 1995.
Under the auspices of Caritas Asia, the annual farmers’ and program officers’ gathering was organized to protect farmers and farmers’ rights in Asia.
NASSA-Caritas Philippines is hosting the South East Asian Farmers Conference that will run from September 19 to 23.
Participants will come from various Caritas member organizations in South East and South Asia: Caritas agencies of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Two-farmer delegates and one program officer will represent each participating country. Caritas Belgium and Caritas Korea will also join the conference.
The opening program will be held at the NASSA Retreat Center in Tagaytay City while the farm exposure and demonstration will take place in Butuan City. (Melo M. Acuna)