Warm greetings and thank you very much for supporting our project improving the biodiversity of our rainforest. Threats to our rainforest aside from climate change is very real and the need to improve, protect and conserve them is indeed of outmost urgency. One of our primary concerns is the extreme poverty in the countryside and the need to provide food and livelihoods to local people. This reporting period we are implementing a farm demonstration project which will showcase different low-cost farm technologies that can be easily copied by farmers. We are doing this with an initial effort of bringing in local experts knowledgeable about farming systems and agro-ecology. After this short visit we will be designing the most appropriate interventions for the model farm. Hoping that this new venture will succeed.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your generous support to our project improving the integrity of the rainforest in Mindanao. Our rainforest is very biodiverse being in the tropics however years of neglect and abuse has resulted to upland denudation and massive loss of biodiversity. The need to improve and enhance our forest environment really needs urgent attention and we can do this by working with local communities so that they are able to realize the value of our forest resources. This reporting period, we continue to develop our learning site for crop diversification and this is a showcase for farmers around the area. Aside from being a showcase they can also procure seeds and planting materials that they can use in their farms. The farm is 12 hectares and different crops are grown.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your generous support to our project improving the biodiversity of our rainforest here. Our approach this time is to introduce to farmers high-yielding and upgraded varieties of crops so that their incomes are enhanced at the same time the biodiversity of the area is improved also. The crops that we are introducing include cacao, banana, coffee, durian and other fruit and timber trees. The promise is tremendous increase in income for an area of their farm. Without access to high yielding and improved crop varieties, the farmers are at the losing end with low productivity and poverty always facing them. We are able to provide 75 farmers with this type of inputs during this reporting period.
Good day to all of you and thank you very much for your support to our project improving the biodiversity of the rainforest here in Mindanao. Due to logging and entry of small-scale farmers into deep forested mountains, the result is loss of important, endemic flora and fauna. Being tropical in nature, our forest is home to plants and animals that could nowhere be found around the world. There is an urgent need to protect them and preserve them for future generations. During this reporting period, we train a group of youth in the science of producing organic fertilizer from waste around the farm. Aside from organic fertilizer we provided them training on the production of organic concoctions like lactic acid bacteria, effective microorganisms and using earthworms in composting. A total of 45 youth-leaders were trained and they were guided into making back home action plans in order to capacitate also their neighbours to do the same.
Hoping for your continuing support to our project.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your generous support to our project trying to improve the biodiversity of our mountain areas. We are particularly concerned about the forest or uplant biodiversity and our aim is to plant endemic tree species comprising fruit and timber species. In so doing we will be hitting several goals comprising the improvement of incomes of the beneficiaries as well as improving the soil fertility. Without these 2 goals, biodiversity improvement will be problematic because of continuing encroachment of lowland farmers to the mountains. The government could not prevent this because poor lowland people need also to seek food and provisions and they can get this by eking an existence in forest areas. This reporting period, we are starting a small seedling nursery and model farm and we produce our own organic fertilizer using waste around the farm. This approach is to showcase to farmers that improving the farm can be done with limited resources and using recycled farm wastes.
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