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...
Feb 6, 2013

Trainings on Sustainable Agriculture

vegetables for marketing, ladies of COFPC1
vegetables for marketing, ladies of COFPC1

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.

 

processing of vegetables, COFPC ladies2
processing of vegetables, COFPC ladies2
ladies of COFPC sharing experiences
ladies of COFPC sharing experiences
Exhibit invitation at Clark, Philippines
Exhibit invitation at Clark, Philippines
Sep 7, 2012

Trainings on Sustainable Food Production

Farmers
Farmers' community meeting in Bohol

SIBAT's Sustainable Agriculture Training Center (SATC) has been enriched by the untiring work of SIBAT's agriculturists and farmer technicians.  SIBAT's learning modules and pedagogical content are drawn from actual experiences and learning innovations from partner farming communities and farmer cooperators.  Moreso that the SATC is located in SIBAT's demonstration farm also strengthens learning.  With the various trainings conducted and more trainings planned primarily for partner farming communities and people's organizations, promoting and replicating sustainable agriculture practices has proved to be a sustainable approach, enabling farmers to learn and innovate on their own with SIBAT agriculturists providing the necessary advisory support.

Since then, these are the trainings that were done by the training team and SA agriculturists of SIBAT, namely Pedro Aurelio dela Cruz, Maria Pilar Castro-Pablo, Anacorita Oliquino-Abasolo, Delilah Barte and Lindon Escalante with Sansen Maglinte as the SA coordinator.

Below is a list of trainings that were conducted by the SATC team:

Hands on and onsite trainings were provided for some farming communities in the following provinces:

Bohol:  Trainings on Farmer technician, Systems of Rice Intensification, Bio-intensive Gardening (BIG)

Cebu:  BIG, Diversified Integrated Farming Systems (DIFS)

Negros Oriental:  DIFS, BIG

Southern Leyte:   Sustainable Agriculture Orientation, Farm Appraisal & Planning, Vermiculture

Mindanao:  DIFS and BIG

Tarlac, Capas:  Korean Natural Farming, Biofertilizer Production, BIG

Aurora:  on site trainings on backyard food crop production, soil fertility and sloping agricultural land technologies

Other trainings were also provided as part of SIBAT's promotion and advocacy work:

For consumer groups:  farm exposure visits of consumer advocates of organic products in support to farmers 

For academe partners:  organic farm orientation and discussion of agricultural issues for faculty and students

Special trainings:  local staff and farm workers, and foreign volunteers of SIBAT  were given agriculture framework orientation

Training Women farmers on Sustainable Agriculture
Training Women farmers on Sustainable Agriculture
SIBAT
SIBAT's agriculturists: Lala, Delilah, and Meg
Rice Varietal Adaptability Trials in Bohol
Rice Varietal Adaptability Trials in Bohol
Jun 18, 2012

Establishing the Farmers SA Training Center

Training Hall of SATC
Training Hall of SATC

SIBAT’s Sustainable Agriculture Training Center (SATC) is now being enhanced for the showcasing of various technologies as learning venues for the ongoing trainings primarily for poor farmers.  Currently, the resource and library center has now a wide array of references while improving in-house staff knowledge and communication/training skills to effectively communicate the contents and activities especially when conducting trainings or hosting eco-tour visits from LGUs, Academe, advocates and practitioners.

Correspondingly systematized promotion of courses, fee structures and related services are intensified while dormitory facilities have initially been constructed for live-in trainings and exposures.

SIBAT’s learning modules and pedagogical content are drawn from actual experience of POs and NGOs, based on the 27 years of SIBAT’s Sustainable Agriculture development work.  That the SATC is physically situated in SIBAT’s Mangarita Organic Demonstration Farm also strengthens hands-on learning.  Various SA trainings have been conducted for farmer peoples’ organizations and farmer co-operators that have contributed to accelerating adoption of organic farming practices with partner farming communities.

The dormitory for trainees is now built that can house 15-20 participants for SIBAT's sustainable agriculture trainings, both basic and advanced short courses for farmers, sustainable agriculture advocates, extension workers, NGO development workers, and other interested groups and individuals that wants to learn how to initiate and establish organic farming systems in their own backyards and farms.

SRI training
SRI training
SATC Dormitory: ongoing construction
SATC Dormitory: ongoing construction
Organic Rice Production Training
Organic Rice Production Training
SIBAT: Sustainable Agriculture Development Workers
SIBAT: Sustainable Agriculture Development Workers
More SA Agriculturists Development Workers
More SA Agriculturists Development Workers
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