Ma Estrella Penunia
Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
Ms. Ma. Estrella Penunia, is Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) , a regional alliance of national farmers organizations or FOs in Asia. AFA is currently composed of 22 national FOs in 16 countries, representing around 13 million small scale men and women family farmers in farms and forested landscapes. AFA promotes farmers’ rights to lands, waters, forests and seeds; sustainable, climate-resilient agro ecological approaches in farms , fisheries and forests; strengthening farmers cooperatives and their enterprises; women empowerment and attracting the youth to agriculture, through an integrated program on policy advocacy, capacity building and knowledge management and movement building.