SIBAT’s project team consolidated and laid down long term plans for the establishment of the Sustainable Agriculture Center (SATC) towards its goal of propagating and promoting the principles and practice of Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Technology, within the framework of genuine agricultural development most especially for rural poor communities in the Philippines.
SATC is a learning training and resource center that will provide theoretical and practical learning instructions where practice shall aim for the application on field, in communities and advocate for its further promotion and adoption of clean organic production, and as such will be a resource center for information, library and documentation of farmers’ experiences and knowledge.
The following are SATC’s strategies and approaches in achieving its goal of ensuring food security for rural poor Filipino villages through sustainable agriculture development: linking theory and practice based on SIBAT’s experiences with farming communities; participatory technology development in all processes; providing the necessary skills training and monitoring advisories for rural farmer technicians; continuing conduct of farmer driven researches; and information dissemination of experiences and research outputs most especially for farmers and extension workers.
SATC will be an important part within SIBAT’s work in sustainable agriculture, and to its other appropriate technology programs in rural sustainable development.
SATC is located in SIBAT’s Mangarita Organic Farm (MOF) in Capas, Tarlac which will serves as demonstration and practicum site. The farm is SATC’s demonstration showcasing different techniques and approaches in clean organic production for small farmers.
SATC continuously provides primarily the rural poor Filipino farmer cooperators the following modular topics: (1) farmers’ capacity building, (2) participatory technology development, (3) 11 technology modular trainings on sustainable agriculture technology development, (4) appropriate technologies on farm mechanization support, (5) social and cultural dimensions of agriculture, (6) program/project development cycle and processes, (7) organic marketing standards, and (8) organic enterprise development and food processing.
The Sustainable Agriculture technology modules are: (1) diversified integrated farming systems, (2) organic rice production and system of rice intensification, (3) alternative pest management, (4) soil fertility conservation and management, (5) water systems development and management, (6) bio-intensive gardening and food always in the home/vegetable production, (7) upland technology development and mitigation technologies, (8) climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies, (9) urban agriculture and container gardening, (10) food processing and storage, and (11) integrated community-based seedbanking and seed technology.
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