14:34 | 26/08/2016 Society
(VEN) - The Vietnam Farmers’ Association (VFA) has officially become a member of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) since August 5, 2016.
Vietnam heads for sustainable agricultural development targets
The VFA has been an AFA observer since 2002 when the latter was established. VFA submitted its application at the 33rd AFA Standing Committee Meeting in Thailand in December 2015.
At the AFA 7th General Assembly, a forum for farmers’ organizations to engage in public agro-investment programs to help eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030, VFA Chairman Lai Xuan Mon said VFA has been side by side with AFA members over years to struggle for mutual sustainable agricultural development and farmer benefits. Being an AFA member would open up new opportunity for VFA to further promote local agricultural development while improving farmers’ living standards.
VFA Chairman Lai Xuan Mon affirmed that the VFA will seriously implement the commitments and obligations of the AFA member, be persistent to protecting the basic principles of the AFA, prioritize the implementation of AFA’s major targets, heading for a wealthy Asian rural community, along with building new rural areas and a sustainable agriculture in Vietnam.
Speaking at the meeting, AFA Chairman Shimpei Murakami said the AFA, which was founded in 2002, is a regional alliance of 20 national federations and organizations of small-scale farmers from 16 Asian countries, including Vietnam. This is a large, reliable and transparent organization for Asian small-scale farmers to join and fulfill mission, vision and programs.
With the goal of protecting the legitimate rights and interests of Asian farmers, the AFA always aims to strengthen support for the application of sustainable agricultural development models, research and develop agriculture among young people, encourage fair treatment for small-scale farmers, promote measures for food sovereignty law, promote farmer-to-farmer exchanges, protect the rights of small scale farmers in front of Asian intergovernmental bodies.
According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam, Vietnam and AFA share the same view on long-term development strategy. Becoming an AFA member will provide VFA opportunities to participate in international events where Vietnamese farmers can voice their opinions on agricultural and rural development, farmer policies and achievements in agricultural and rural development, as well as seeking international assistance to the national renovation, construction and protection.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam:
As a member of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development, the Vietnam Farmers’ Association will have opportunities to exchange agricultural and rural development experiences, contributing to improving farmers’ knowledge of sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming models, high-quality agro-production and regional and international integration.