Food insecurity describes the continual hunger periods and malnutrition, most especially among the children, of the 45 families of the T'boli tribe in Sitio Datal Basak, Sarangani Province. SIBAT in partnership with CLANS (Center for Lumad Advocacy & Services) would like to address the chronic food insecurity of the T'boli tribe by helping farmers develop their upland farms convert into organic farms - by providing farm tools, inputs and trainings in upland organic food production.
The T'boli farmers of Datal Basak have undeveloped practices in agriculture. They have many myths and beliefs that misguide them in their farming activities activities. They also lack resources for farm production such as draft animals, farm tools and implements, and seeds for planting. Oftentimes, their families experience perennial hunger due to the meager yield of their upland farms spelling of ten months of hunger periods or lean months.
To develop a 2 hectare learning farm for the Datal Basak Organic Farmers Association (DABOFA). The farm will be the venue for knowledge and skills development on Sustainable Agriculture principles and technologies
The project aims to build capacities of the Tboli farmers in upland and diversified farming systems, thereby help increase their farm production and increase farm productivity thus addressing lean months while taking care of the environment.