Farming in the Philippines is still dominated by chemical-intensive farming monoculture farming system that is hazardous to human health and the environment. Most of the farmers using chemical inputs are in a continuous debt cycle and experiencing low yield due to soil/environmental degradation and acidification due to intensive chemical farming practices, further exacerbated by climate change such as flooding/drought. It is estimated that there are only 2% organic farmers in the Philippines.
The Sustainable Agriculture Training Center will help chemical-based farmers to convert to clean/organic production by demonstrating organic farming techniques; providing basic and advanced trainings on clean/organic farming to 1,500 farmers, agricultural students and community extension workers; and advocate for and help establish alternative marketing for organic produce and link them to the organic market thereby increasing income for organic farmers to continue organic production.
SATC is projected to train and enable 1,500 farmers and agricultural technicians in clean and sustainable production. These target trainees will mostly be coming from direct farmer-beneficiaries and partners from other NGOs, local government units, private individuals and students. Alternative marketing and distribution systems for the farmers' organic produce will also ensure access to health conscious and growing organic consumers, that will also be integrated in this project.