Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT), Inc.

Since our establishment in 1984, SIBAT envisions a just and sovereign society that upholds genuine development through people-based science & technology. SIBAT commits to develop, promote and popularize the application of appropriate technologies towards attaining village-level sustainable development in poor communities. As such, SIBAT have gained significant breakthroughs in sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, genetic conservation and water systems development. By the end of 2022, SIBAT's goals are: 1. Self-reliant and resilient communities that have adopted appropriate technologies and can adapt to the effects of climate change. 2. Institutionalized structures and mecha...
Dec 2, 2013

Community Farming: Family Bonding Activity towards Food Security by the T'bolis

building the nursery
building the nursery

The development of the 2 hectare community farm of the 45 T'boli families in Datal Basak, Sarangani has commenced with a training on Sustainable Agriculture last June 2013. Tboli families from the parents to their children were involved in the training and implementation of the communal farm. This serves as their bonding activity towards achieving food security while also ensuring that the practices, experiences and knowledge will be passed on to the next generation of T'bolis.

The training have sprung the rice production within the community farm as well as the building of a nursery for fruit tress seedlings and wildlings for their agro-forestry development.

Soil fertility management of the community farm uses the Korean Nature Farming fermented liquid fertilizers. A vermicomposting training was also done to support further the improvement of soil fertility for better production.

boys helping in the nursery construction
boys helping in the nursery construction
Attending the training before field instructions
Attending the training before field instructions
lunch time!
lunch time!
husband and wife taking data on rice
husband and wife taking data on rice
Aug 21, 2013

Delicious AND Organic

New friends from TIFFA Farming Cooperative
New friends from TIFFA Farming Cooperative

The following is an e-postcard from Sandra Dickison, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines.

Before we left for the Philippines, the GlobalGiving staff gave us some friendly advice: the first organization we meet will feel like our favorite, but remain open-minded because other partners will also be amazing.  Well, as the summer progressed, SIBAT remains a favorite organization.

We first met with SIBAT's small but dedicated staff on June 21st at their office in Quezon City.  SIBAT works with local communities to train farmers in organic, sustainable agriculture, as well as supports renewable energy projects.  Ma'am Vicky, the President, warmly invited and accompanied Ana and I to SIBAT's model farm in Tarlac on July 1st where farmers from around the Philippines go to learn about sustainable agriculture practices.  After exploring the farm and learning about organic farming, fertilizer, and rice cultivation, we spent the evening just chatting with Ma'am Vicky before spending the night at the farm.

But wait - our visit with SIBAT did not end with a meeting at their headquarters and an overnight at their farm.  SIBAT arranged for Ana and I to visit TIFFA - a local organic farming cooperative and SIBAT partner, in Trinidad, Bohol Island.  So on July 9th, we took a ferry, shared van, squeezed into a tricycle, and a rode on the back of a habal-habal (motorcycle) to the cooperative's remote farm in northern Bohol. 

Let me tell you, it was a hot day. But after a few fresh coconut juices and some jackfruit, Ana and I found ourselves chatting with the local farmers.  While their English was limited, we had no problem communicating with laughter, hand signals, and smiles.  Each of the women proudly showed us their gardens and how they use the sustainable techniques that the TIFFA representative who went to Tarlac learned.  They even insisted on giving us a giant squash which we struggled to decline since we were living in a hotel and had no way to cook it!

I will never forget the sound of laughter from the farmers and their families in Trinidad.  With SIBAT's support, these amazing families are better equipped to send their crops to market, combat rapid climate change, and sustainably use their land.  Ana and I cannot say thank you enough to our friends at SIBAT for all their support while we were in the Philippines

Ma
Ma'am Vicky and the SIBAT staff in Tarlac
Squash for Everyone! (Trinidad, Bohol)
Squash for Everyone! (Trinidad, Bohol)
Farm in Trinidad exhibiting sustainable practices
Farm in Trinidad exhibiting sustainable practices
Rice mill supported by SIBAT and run by community
Rice mill supported by SIBAT and run by community
Preparing refreshing coconut juice
Preparing refreshing coconut juice
May 21, 2013

Gains from Sustainable Agriculture Trainings

women farmers of COFPC during post-harvest of veg
women farmers of COFPC during post-harvest of veg

Gains from Sustainable Agriculture Trainings

 

Measures of true success in trainings are the benefits they reap through its application and the knowledge they build from their experience.

As the Sustainable Agriculture Training Center (SATC) continuous to improve its services and facilities through your help, we would like to share with you the gains that we are now reaping.

A case in point is the Capas Organic Farmers and Producers Cooperative (COFPC). COFPC was given birth by a group of farmers who have trained and practiced Sustainable Agriculture practices in organic vegetable production way back 2008. They were just 5 in the group who became models to other farmers. As the years past they increased in numbers and now became a 21 member cooperative.

They use their knowledge from the trainings they got from SATC and innovate in their farms. Production for their household consumption increased for them to have surpluses. In 2009, they started a marketing scheme with SIBAT’s social enterprise – Sibol People’s Store and a private company Good Food Co.

In 2010, they have applied under the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and continue to strengthen their group with Sustainable Agriculture Organic Vegetable production as their core.

“Today, we are reaping the fruit of our trainings on sustainable agriculture. The benefits we are having are not just the additional food that we now have in our tables; it’s not just the money we get from selling our surpluses but the safe and healthy food that we consume and the fair price we get for our produce.” --- Marie Cajuguiran, COFPC treasurer, farmer

“The benefits we gain from the application of our trainings go beyond the basics. It has taught us camaraderie with our fellow farmers and neighbours, it has taught us how to be followers and leaders.” --- Susan Cajuguiran, COFPC Secretary, farmer

“Benefits? Aside from becoming my main source of income, it has helped me improve my health. Learning organic vegetable production made me eat healthy food and provided me with enough exercise in the garden.” --- Bella Salak, COFPC member, Senior Citizen, farmer

COFPC now has its niche, and is recognized in the province of Tarlac.  But they believe that learning needs to be continuous to be able to follow the changes that they are facing and be a model to other farmers.

We have become models to other farmers not just here in Capas, Tarlac but in the greatest part of the country! We are in magazines and television! We have become torch bearers and advocates of organic farming to other farmers. We have shown there is development through the application of our learnings. We have become teachers to our fellow farmers.” --- Carlito Pabustan, COFPC vice-president, Councilor

COFPC is just one case, a small number of people in the list of trainees that SATC have catered but it mirrors the gains that we are now enjoying.

We are just a grain of salt, but as little as we are, the littlest contribution that we share can magnify gains like this as long as we share and we help.

 

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