Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration

by IsraAID
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Philippine Agricultural Economic Restoration
Participants at the closing ceremony
Participants at the closing ceremony

On Tuesday, June 19th, IsraAID and the Calcoa Association celebrated the end of their four year agricultural partnership. Following Typhoon Yolanda, fields and greenhouses were devastated, leaving the community in dire economic circumstances. Led by Alon, an Israeli agronomist, and Noel, a community and association leader, IsraAID and Calcoa set out to develop a sophisticated agricultural system capable of sustainably supporting the community.

While morning rain gently pattered on the community center’s tin roof, IsraAID and the association gathered to honor the leaders who made this project possible and recognize the progress the partnership has achieved.

The ceremony was a bittersweet occasion. The partnership has yielded not only agricultural success, but meaningful friendships. However, most importantly, it marked the capability and self-sufficiency of the Calcoa Association to continue independently.

Quotes from Participants

"I’m thankful we had this project… without this project I wouldn’t have the experience to sell products. I really hope that we can continue, that we can teach others and give others the same experience. Before we had a problem - who will buy from us? But now we have a problem because of the high demand. Every day buyers call me, they want our products. So we need to work hard to supply the demand.”

Before water was so hard. For this farm, it was so hard to have the supply. But Alon was very clever - he knew what he was doing. So what we did, we just followed Alon on what to do... and we were amazed that now we have a working water source, even though it is 1.2 kilometer away and the water is below.

Closing the ceremony, IsraAID Philippines Country Director, Matan, left the audience with an ancient Chinese proverb:

“It was Confucius who said, ‘If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant a tree; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.’ I would like to think that we succeeded on all three of these terms in our joint project.”

At IsraAID, it is our ultimate goal to empower communities with the knowledge, skills, and technology to overcome devastation and flourish independently. Thank you for supporting our mission.

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Demonstrating drip irrigation
Demonstrating drip irrigation

Over the past few months, a total of 31 Grade 12 students in Cabintan have taken part in hands-on, professional training on vegetable production, using protective plastic low tunnels and drip irrigation.

Noel, our agronomist at IsraAID Philippines, taught the students about drip irrigation and how it works. He demonstrated the different parts of the system, explaining why each part is important and how each part functionsThe students were then trained in how to install and operate the drip irrigation system themselves.

In order to graduate from the training program, each student has to complete at least 80 hours of field work, within 5 months, in vegetable production.

These activities are part of the Senior High School Immersion Curriculum, in which students gain hands-on experience and take part in work simulations, where they can use their new-found knowledge and skills. 

Noel, IsraAID Philippines Agronomist and Livelihood Program Manager, said:

"I have been involved in IsraAID's agricultural livelihood program for three years. We have all learnt a huge amount, and crop production and sales are really improving. The farmers' income is now 400% higher than it used to be! Every time the farmers see the results of their efforts, they understand the importance of investing in the entire farming process. They also take the knowledge and skills they learn and apply them in their home gardens. Lately we are seeing a rise in educational visits to the farm, like the training for high schoolers, which for me is another sign of our success.

Honestly, I was most surprised to learn that when implementing a livelihood program like this, only about 10% gets dedicated to production and 90% to education. This is my role and I love it!"

Thank you for your support!

Getting hands-on agricultural experience
Getting hands-on agricultural experience
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Protective tunnel structures that protect crops
Protective tunnel structures that protect crops

Typhoons Kai-Tk and Tembin

Between the 15th and 23rd of December, Typhoons Kai-Tak (Urduja) and Tembin (Vinta) swept through the Eastern Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines.

There were approximately 200 reported fatalities, with some still missing. The heavy downpours and flash flooding caused considerable destruction to the regions' infrastructure, including immediate damage to roads, bridges and houses. The most affected communities are now dealing with poor housing conditions, shortages of safe water, damage to their livelihoods and sanitation issues.

In Ormoc, there are already 20,000 people at the city's evacuation centers whose homes were destroyed – most of these had still been living in temporary accommodation since Typhoon Yolanda hit in 2013.

IsraAID's team in the Philippines immediately distributed 200 hygiene kits to families with babies and young children, nursing mothers and the elderly. This emergency distribution was facilitated in conjunction with the Youth Development Office, Department of Disaster Risk Reduction Management and the Philippine Red Cross.

Damage to IsraAID's agricultural program:

Typhoon Kai-Tak also hit some areas in Leyte, including our agricultural project in Cabintan. Although some of the large structures and several of the smaller tunnels were damaged, fortunately, the majority of the protective tunnels remained standing and successfully sheltered the crops from the storm.

All the local farmers were very happy and encouraged to see their crops survive the typhoon, thanks to the protective structures that they put in place as part of the agricultural initiative.   

The local community helped the farmers clear the area, and remove any debris from the typhoon!

In addition, in November, 30 farmers and three agricultural technologists from Kananga, Leyte, visted the IsraAID-Calcoa agriculture project. They observed the facilities and discussed technical problems that the local farmers were facing. One of the most discussed topics was the optimum irrigation techniques and water quantities for the crops. The visit helped the farmers think through some of their current challenges, and make a plan going forwards.

Visiting farmers!
Visiting farmers!
More from the visit!
More from the visit!
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IsraAID Philippines Team
IsraAID Philippines Team

Since the last update, the IsraAID team in the Philippines, together with the local farmers in Cabintan, have been busy repairing the water pipeline, which was damaged by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake which hit the island in July.  

Water pipe repair:

As mentioned in the last report, a main concern after the July earthquake was damage to the main water pipe. This pipe is the primary water source to the farm, so any damage can harm the growth and production of essential crops, which can affect the local farmers' livelihoods.

The team found a solution by relocating the main pipe to a lower, more protected area – this also allows the momentum of the water to climb uphill. In addition, the dam was cleaned thoroughly three times a month, to deal with the constant heavy downpours as well as the earthquake damage.

Lettuce!

In the last few months, the team replaced most of the bell pepper crops with lettuce. This September, 290 kg of lettuce was harvested!! In the future, the crops will most likely be lettuce, sun tomatoes and bell peppers.

The financial success of the harvest, is now allowing the local farming group to start thinking of and investing in their future – for example, they are talking about expanding the farming area, perhaps bringing a dentist to area and enabling their children to go to school more regularly, instead of helping on the farm. 

Welcome Matan:

During the last week of September, the entire IsraAID Philippines staff visited the project and the fields. The goal was to introduce Matan, the new country director, to the project. Noelle, IsraAID's local agronomist, showed everyone the various crops and explained IsraAID's contributions to the project.

Matan shared his thoughts after the visit –

 "As a former worker on farms and plantations in Israel, I was very impressed with what I saw in Cabintan. The local group is sustaining and even expanding its harvest and earnings. Our role in the project is increasingly advisory and crisis related. The whole staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves especially savoring the local coconuts!"   

Thank you for your continued support - more updates soon!

Visiting the Agriculture Project
Visiting the Agriculture Project
Visiting the Agriculture Project
Visiting the Agriculture Project
Visiting the Agriculture Project
Visiting the Agriculture Project
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Psychological support after the earthquake
Psychological support after the earthquake

IsraAID's team in the Philippines shares:

Dear Friends,

On Thursday, July 6th, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Ormoc City. Another earthquake—this time a magnitude of 5.4—struck again Monday, July 10th. Unfortunately, due to the earthquake, significant portions of the main pipeline supplying water to the farm has been damaged. We are working with local partners to create a short- term solution by laying down new pipe in a safe area and using a gas pump to get water. We are also working with the local university and farmers to establish a more long- term solution by using special pipes from the university that will allow us to establish a safer route for the pipes while using the momentum of the water to allow it to climb uphill, where there is a safer route. 

We are also assisting those farmers living in Cabintan who are part of IsraAID's agriculture program by repairing the damaged pipeline which threatens the growth and production of essential crops. 

One of IsraAID's interns shares after his first day visiting the farm in Ormoc:

"IsraAID’s support can be visibly seen in the quality and quantity of crops grown. Compared to other farms around the area, the plants growing in this farm are much healthier and bigger. 

Not only is this project better for the crops, but it has also dramatically improved the lives of many of the farmers. Their income has increased from this farm, and it has also taught them the technical skills necessary to succeed on their own private farms as well. 

The local agronomist, Noelle, is very knowledgeable and has been a huge player in helping make this the reality. Without IsraAID’s support, many farmers would still be using inefficient planting techniques."

We are grateful for your kind support to the farmers!

IsraAID Philippines

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