Ateneo gives more support to organic farmers
Ateneo de Davao University has took a big step forward in supporting the small-scale organic farmers by providing them with a free, regular and conducive stall in the campus where they can sell their organic produce every Thursday.
“This ‘Thursday Market’ is really a big help for us farmers because it makes us independent from the control of the middlemen and product consolidators, increases our income and our pride being farmers,” says Ma. Consolacion Baylosis, a farmer from Panabo City who has been collaborating with Ateneo since 2016.
The university has already supported products display during World Food Day, Women’s Day, Earth Day and other significant events for the past three years.
In November 2017 a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between Agro-Eco Philippines; Dr. Jenner Chan, Chairperson of the School of Business and Governance (SBG); and Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, University President. The agreement aims to establish a support system between the organic farmers, students (particularly those who are taking up entrepreneurship) and faculties.
“The ‘Thursday Market’ is now the result of our continuing collaborations toward holistic development” added Baylosis.
Agro-Eco Philippines would like to acknowledge the efforts done by Joeffrey Gomez, MBA, of the Entrepreneurship Department for making this possible.
The ‘Thursday Market’ has opened last week and today is its second round of operations, and for sure there will be more fruitful Thursdays to come. Program like this is a good way to alleviate many farmers from poverty and to address the worsening impacts of Rice Tariffication Law.
Everyone is invited to visit the ‘Farmer’s Stall’ at the ground floor of CCFC Building (blue building) fronting Roxas Avenue. Looking forward to see you there.
Photo credits: Joeffrey Gomez