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Linking Small Farmers to Markets (LSFM) recently held the 3rd Regional Training Workshop of the Linking Small Farmers to Market project in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

The workshop from June 28-July 2, 2009 was held at VIP Hotel. It emphasized the importance of small farmers organized into commodity groups so that issues of competitiveness, economy of scale, food safety and product quality as well as regular delivery of product supply are easily addressed. Presentors were from Taiwan, Korean and the Philippines shared their experiences about their engagements with markets as a commodity-based association of farmers.

Participants also visited the farm site of Normin Veggies, a vegetable producers association in Northern Mindanao.

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The LSFM Program is a market intermediation project implemented by AsiaDHRRA with support from the ASEAN Foundation.

The Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA) is a regional partnership of eleven social development networks and organizations in ten Asian nations that envisions Asian rural communities that are just, free, prosperous, living in peace and working in solidarity towards self-reliance. Its mission is to be an effective promoter and catalyst of partnership relations, facilitator of human resource development processes in the rural areas and mobilizer of expertise and opportunities for the strengthening of solidarity and kinship among Asian rural communities.

AsiaDHRRA’s regional policy advocacy work has always been anchored on its commitment to bring forward the voices of its partner peasant organizations to the frontline of the advocacy arena. AsiaDHRRA organized the five Farmers’ Exchange Visits which eventually led to the formation of the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)

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