Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) is one of the members of Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) was invited to join in the Women 's Leadership Day, and Farmers' Forum in Rome, Italy, from February 11-20, 2010, which supported by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Total of participants is around 70 people from around the globe. All participants, each session, were divided into thematic groups by continent such as Asian, South Africa, and Central Africa etc. to share about the issues confronted by women farmers in agriculture and to find out special programs, concrete activities and recommendations.
FNN representative, Ms. Khuon Sey, accompanied by Mr. Meas Somica, CEDAC staff, participated in women forum on promoting gender equality in livelihood in Bangkok, Thailand, which organized by Oxfam GB. There were 31 participants (included 21 women) from seven different countries attended the forum. The spirit of the forum is to promote culture of discussion and learning from each other, and start building contacts and networks to promote women's economic empowerment and leadership together, we are not able to this big job alone.
February 23-26, 2010 With organizing assistances and funding support from CEDAC, the Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) and rural young agro-entrepreneurs (YAE) successfully conducted four introductory workshops on the preparation to restructure FNN in 2010 from February 23–26, 2010. The four workshops were done in Bati and Samrong districts (Takeo province) and in Kong Pisey and Boseth districts (Kampong Speu province), where 91 participants (whom 18 were females) attended. Among them were included farmer leaders of associations/clusters, young farmer community leaders, CEDAC staff and FNN representatives. Mr. Pan Sopheap, FNN Director, and Mr. Uon Sophal, FNN president, were co-facilitators and resource persons of the workshops. Main objective of the workshops aimed to introduce a long term strategic plan of FNN in preparation to establish its district networks.
April 21, 2010 (Cochabamba, April 21 2010) The international peasant movement La Via Campesina held a press conference on April 21 at the Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. The Peoples’ Conference is being held from April 19 thru 22, and was organized by the Bolivian government in order to build an agenda to combat climate change.
April 25, 2010 The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), has been holding its Fourth General Assembly, with the theme “Sustaining our Gains, Nourishing our Work” from April 20-23 at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) in Taiwan. There were around 30 participants from 8 countries in Asia as members and observers of AFA (Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Philippine, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan). 3 FNN participants took part in the great event, whom included FNN president, Mr. Uon Sophal, Mrs. Khuon Sey, Treasurer, and Executive Director, Pan Sopheap. The event has been hosted by the Taiwan Wax Apple Development Association (TWADA) in cooperation with NPUST.
On April 29, 2010, the Farmer and Nature Net (FNN) of Kampot province organized a workshop in Dangtung district on “Vision and Goal for Leadership of Farmer Associations”. There were 42 participants attended the workshop, whom included Mr. Uon Sophal, national president of FNN
June 29, 2010, FNN and CEDAC, under the support of the Civil Society and Pro-Poor Market (CSPPM) project, organized a district network meeting at Dantung district, Kampot province. There were 30 farmer representatives (9 women) and 6 FNN field assistants from 7 districts who participated in this meeting. Dr. Yang Saing Koma, president of CEDAC, and Mr. Ourn Sophal, the president of FNN, facilitated the meeting. The meeting agenda focused on a review of the activities of farmer organizations in all 7 districts and how to strengthen the district structure. The meeting discussed also the activities to promote the System of Rice Intensification in the wet season 2010, including experimentation with raised beds and zero-tillage techniques. The current structure of the FNN in Kampot province consists of 132 village-based farmer associations and 8800 individual farmer members. The associations are able to mobilize around 1600 million riel of saving capital for lending to their members.
Farmer and Nature Net delegates Mr. Uon Sophal, director, Mr. Neob Ong, Ms. Som Kanha, members, Mr. Pan Sopheap, managing director, and Mr. Sean Buntha, staff had a meeting with Mr. Sok Sotha, head of CFAP, Mr. Yin Kimly, head of association, Mr. Preab Sam Ol, head of association (the 2 associations are under the control of CFAP) in FNN office, Phnom Penh about the cooperation between the 2-partner (FNN and CFAP) as the members of Medium Term Cooperation Program (MTCP): ASEAN + China.
Mr. Uon Sophal, president, Mr. Pan Sopheap, managing director, and Mrs. Klo Til De, AVSF representative had a short meeting at FNN office, Phnom Penh. The meeting aims to integrate partner-organizations group (160 Based-organizations) to be FNN member.
The meeting was held by (AsiaDHRRA) on 05-06 July, 2010 at Crown Hotel in Manila. There were 100 participants from NGOs, fisherman association, farmers association, indigenous association, and investment representatives (ADB, IFAD, and FAO).The meeting aimed to find the key strategy to enable investor representatives to be more interested in and more paid attention to small scale farmers, who are producers and ensure food security.