Sustainable Agriculture Training Center (SATC): Main Objective
“Reach and influence the greatest number of farmers, women and youth who promote, develop and advocate Sustainable Agriculture principles and technologies.”
We believe that organic food production is a sustainable and viable approach to address food insecurity and malnutrition of the rural poor families in the Philippines.
SATC institutionalizes the capability building efforts of SIBAT in Sustainable Agriculture (SA) for it to provide more sustained and effective technological resources to the growing number of farmers, practitioners and advocates of organic farming.
SATC provides trainings to farmers, community organizations, local government units and non-government organizations and interested individuals on skills and knowledge about SA and appropriate technology.
SATC is housed in Mangarita Organic Farm which demonstrates how SA can sustainably support farming households, here participants learn the skills of how SA technologies are applied.
More and more farmers, practitioners and advocates of SA in the different sectors are recognizing SATC as a venue to further their knowledge and skills in SA principles and technologies.
For this year, SATC has received numerous requests for trainings and exposure trips to the organic demonstration farm, most of which are farmer’s and women’s organization. It is very hard for us to turn down some requests as we cannot accommodate all of them with the little funds that we generate from the demo farm.
To cater to their needs, SATC needs to further improve the facilities of the demo farm and training center. Now, the training center can accommodate 15 participants in its very simple Nipa House cum training center and requests coming in are for groups of 30 to 50 participants. Training materials (audio-visual and other training modalities) are also limited and needs improvement to cater to the growing number of requests and to better share the principles of SA. This is aside for the board and lodging cost.
SATC was built upon the dream and persistence of SIBAT to better and effectively reached out farmer’s, women’s and youth organizations. It was founded with very meager funds from the organization’s savings and heartfelt commitment. Currently, we are starting to harvest the fruit of our labour, but then, it is still a long journey ahead of us.
SA is for all ages and for people in the different walks of life – if you love nature, want healthy living, if you want to see harmony and peace and if you want to enjoy the fruit of your labour, if you love science and indigenous/traditional knowledge --- All is in SATC!
However, to be able to do this we need your support --- materials, funds, skills, knowledge, and warm bodies.
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