Typhoon Haiyan Survivors' Food Security Project

by Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation
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Barefoot garden technician training
Barefoot garden technician training

Dear All Friends,

Greetings and thank you very much for your continuing and generous donation to our project promoting food security via vegetable gardening for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. For semi-landless inhabitants, gardening using small spaces, sacks and other materials is a big help to their nutrition and income. We are fortunate because we have good access to organic fertilzer which is provided to us for free from a local sugar mill here. This reporting period we engaged local communities to nominate what we call as "barefoot garden technician" who we train and who will be source of information, gardening techniques and vegetable seeds to their neighbors. We are able to train and graduate 22 technicians/volunteers living in 3 barrios in Albuera, Leyte.

Again thank you very much for your kind support.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Garden contestants
Garden contestants

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Leyte. Our vegetable gardening initiative is in full swing as we are able to gather and distribute seeds from the vegetable production farms implemented by some of our beneficiaries located in Mahayahay, Ormoc City. We pay for the seeds to give incentive to the producer and then we distribute them. This reporting period we are able to distribute a total of 350 seed packets to 116 gardeners who are mostly youths. A documentary group based in Manila came to take photo-video documentation as well as interviews to some of the the beneficiaries. This I consider very great because it will popularize our work.  Then together with a partner here in Leyte, the Samaritan's Purse, we implemented a vegetable gardening contest with our beneficiaries located in Palo, Tanuan and Tacloban, with prizes comprising household utensils, rice and grocery items. All participants were provided with nice certificates as their remembrance. A volunteer from Global Giving - UK, Eleanor Moodey  visited some of the gardens and beneficiaries and interviewed some of them.

Our next activity will be to secure some root crops planting materials comprising sweet potato, taro and cassava from nearby root crops center at the Visayas State University in Baybay in order to augment vegetable gardening of the beneficiaries.

Again, thank you very much.

Very truly yours,

Cora

Producing vegetable seeds
Producing vegetable seeds

Dear All Friends,

Warm greetings from Leyte and thank you very much for your continuing generous support for our initiative to provide food supply via vegetable gardens here in Leyte. This project is indeed creating continuous positive impact as local gardeners are able to produce their own food and retain some mature plants for the seeds to be used for continuous planting. We train them to focus on the use of open pollinated vegetables rather than hybrids since open pollinated grow well. This time we are able to distribute a total of 1,750 seed packets to 440 families living in 3 barrios in Ormoc City and Albuera Municipality.  Best of all we are able to engage farmer-cooperators to produce vegetable seeds by not harvesting the young plants and letting it mature until they bear seeds. We now have 7 farmer cooperators producing legume, okra, beans and squash seeds.

Again thank you very much for your kind help.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Garden seeds for dsitribution
Garden seeds for dsitribution

Dear All Friends,

 Warm greetings from Leyte. Our effort to provide food security support via vegetable gardening to poor farmers in Leyte is given a big boost by our purchase of a 1-hectare learning site in Albuera Municipality. We found out when we conduct our garden initiative here is that there is a massive lack of simple backyard garden techniques and that our approach to conduct irregular trainings is slow and not so effective. Our approach will be called “enrichment of food-life” that will encompass more than just producing food to alleviate hunger but emphasize the value of producing and sharing healthy food in a manner sustainable to the environment and to the community, through the cooperative efforts of the community. Our approach will stress the importance of making the best use of locally available resources and it leads toward the development of vibrant self-reliant rural communities.

Right now, we are producing our own source of vegetable seeds from the learning farm and we are in the process of establishing a modest sleeping quarters and a simple bamboo training venue for upcoming trainees. Aside from the vegetables we will also develop modules for native chickens and native pigs, plant permanent crops and harvest rain-water for the plants. The learning site will be sustained from revenues coming from the sales of farm products and fees of trainees.

 Hoping that we are successful in this and thank you very much for your continuing support.

 Very sincerely yours,

 Cora

damaged agriculture
damaged agriculture

Dear All Friends,

Greetings from Leyte and a very Merry Christmas to all. May I report that Typhoon Hagupit also called Ruby did extensive damage to the vegetable gardens of Typhoon Haiyan survivors the first week of this month. the good thing is that backyard vegetable gardens is easy to raise and do and we have a surplus of vegetable seeds from our vegetable seed production areas located in Mahayahay, Ormoc City and Talisayan, Albuera, Leyte. Immediately after the typhoon struck we were able to distribute a total of 3,400 seed packets and 350 sacks of organic fertilizer. We are making our own organic fertilizer coming from animal manure and organic material in the nearby farms. In 2-3 weeks time, some of the the vegetables will mature already bringing food to the table of local residents.

Hoping for your continuing support to this very important initiative. We are mobilizing local survivors as barefoot garden technicians training their neighbors and the approach works because they are known to the community and can integrate well.

Again thank you very much.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

 

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Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation

Location: Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental - Philippines
Website: http:/​/​mindaterrapretabiochar.blogspot.com
Project Leader:
Elmer Sayre
Executive Director
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines

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