Ensure Food for 500 Poor Filipino Villages

 
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Dec 3, 2013

Farmers as Sustainable Agriculture Trainors

Nanay Hamina in the training in 2009
Nanay Hamina in the training in 2009

Farmers teaching their fellow farmers is the best model of spreading sustainable agriculture and of multiplying the good production practices in the communities towards achieving food security.

In 2009, we had conducted a training of trainors to some Central Visayas farmers who have been selected by their fellow farmers. Each farmer was a scholar of their farmers organization and of some funds from donors. 

"I have to leave my vegetable garden and it has to be watered everyday and on tuesday and thursday I have to harvest so it can be sold in the local market. It is very difficult for me to go away but my fellow farmers gave their trust in me that I can train them the way that I will be trained here... They've shouldered my responsibilities and created a schedule so that each of them can attend to my vegetable garden while I'm away ... so that my family will not hunger even if I'm away. In a way, I am now a scholar of my organization."

--- Benhamina ; Farmer from Cebu

There are other trainings through the years that we have done. Each farmer who have been trainors have helped so much in the improvement of food production of their organizations' members.

Last October 15-16, these farmers have helped in the conduct of a Sustainable Agriculture Fair in one of the communities to show their gains. The event is timed with the celebration of World Food Day to show how they have developed into a self-reliant community and that they have now achieved a certain level of food security.

There are a lot of things still be done, and you, our family from the Global Giving Community is a big part of this dream which is now becoming a reality --- Self-reliant farming communities and food security to all!

Nanay Hamina in the SA Fair 2013
Nanay Hamina in the SA Fair 2013
community training center
community training center
booths showcasing harvests of a cluster of farmers
booths showcasing harvests of a cluster of farmers
another booth of good, fresh food
another booth of good, fresh food
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.

 

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

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Project Leader

Maria Pilar Castro-Pablo

Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines

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