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Organic Agriculture Congress adopted Resolution Opposing Golden Rice

Cagayan de Oro City - The 5th Regional Organic Agriculture Congress (ROAC) in Region 10 adopted the 2 Resolutions sponsored by Agro-Eco Philippines, specifically, the recognizing and supporting of small farmers’ seed production system and the prohibiting of field trial, processing, and sale of Golden Rice and other GMO crops.

According to Eugenio Geraldo, farmer trainer of Agro-Eco Philippines from Bukidnon, “the small farmers’ seed production system has less recognition and support from the government, given that the focus of government’s programs in agriculture is on the production of certified seeds by the big transnational seed companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Pioneer”.

Geraldo’s daughter is considered to be the youngest rice breeder, where she already produced 30 varietal lines of rice at the young age of 9 years old.

“The resolution for the Golden Rice is timely, since Philrice is now on its way of field testing at Munoz, Nueva Ecija and San Mateo, Isabela,” according to Greg Tacbas, Cluster Coordinator of Agro-Eco Philippines in Northern Mindanao.

Golden Rice is artificially developed by Sygenta and Monsanto in collaboration with IRRI and PhilRice to address Vitamin A deficiency among Filipino children.

But For Agro-Eco, Filipinos can simply rely on our natural sources of Vitamin A such as malunggay (Moringa), chili leaves and many other green leafy vegetables. “We do not need Golden Rice. What we need is a strong and serious program of the government to support our vegetable productions to address malnutrition” said Mr. Geraldo.

Eugenio Geraldo was one of the resource persons who discussed about Farmers’ Seed Production System while Greg Tacbas shared the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) of Agro-Eco Philippines.

The 5th ROAC in 10 was held on August 15-16 at Chali Beach Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. It’s an annual event attended by an increasing no. of farmers, CSOs, government officials and policy-makers.

Agro-Eco Philippines is hopeful that those resolutions will be brought by the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) to the House of Representatives and the Senate for actions.###

2019 Regional Award for Organic Agriculture under the Farming Family Category

This is a story of Sonia Estrella, a very ‘down to earth’ small-scale farmer living in a remote but beautiful island of Bucas Grande, Surigao Del Norte who never thought that she would win an award for organic agriculture. Sonia is earning an average of Php 1,500.00 a day, three times higher than a salary of a regular employee in the city, by diversifying her farm and selling her own produce directly to their store. Such system creates regular income among the members of the family and provides the consumers with fresh and affordable products. Congratulations! Sonia for winning the 2019 Regional Award for Organic Agriculture under the Farming Family Category. You are an inspiration to the millions of Filipino farmers. Although Organic Agriculture was not mentioned during the recent SONA of the President, instead the Rice Tariffication Law and ‘modern’ agriculture were emphasized. But this does not deter the will of the increasing no. of organic farmers from moving forward and changing the playing field. The case of Sonia is definitely one of the best examples happening on the ground.#Agroecology#ProjectAFFIRMED#AgroEcoPhilippines

Posted by Agro-Eco Philippines, Inc. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This is a story of Sonia Estrella, a very ‘down to earth’ small-scale farmer living in a remote but beautiful island of Bucas Grande, Surigao Del Norte who never thought that she would win an award for organic agriculture. 

Sonia is earning an average of Php 1,500.00 a day, three times higher than a salary of a regular employee in the city, by diversifying her farm and selling her own produce directly to their store. Such system creates regular income among the members of the family and provides the consumers with fresh and affordable products. 

Congratulations! Sonia for winning the 2019 Regional Award for Organic Agriculture under the Farming Family Category. You are an inspiration to the millions of Filipino farmers. 

Although Organic Agriculture was not mentioned during the recent SONA of the President, instead the Rice Tariffication Law and ‘modern’ agriculture were emphasized. But this does not deter the will of the increasing no. of organic farmers from moving forward and changing the playing field. 

The case of Sonia is definitely one of the best examples happening on the ground.

Entering the age of Organic Livestock and Poultry in the Philippines

With the increasing no. of illnesses and deaths associated with the use of chemicals in meat production, who wouldn’t want to eat organic pork and chicken?

In addressing this perennial concern, Agro-Eco Philippines is partnering with the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (https://rmn.ph/ngo-sa-mindanao-ug-ustp-nagpinirmahay-sa-moa/) to improve the livestock and poultry component of the organic farmers in Mindanao with the goal of increasing the regular sources of income of the farming families, increasing diversity in the farm, and providing the consumers with healthy meat products.

USTP has a state of the art Food Innovation Center (http://cdo.ustp.edu.ph/food-innovation-center/), Research and Extension services created and funded by the government to capacitate the farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs while Agro-Eco Philippines has hundreds of organized farmers transitioning to become #agroecology-based social entrepreneurs. The organization is establishing 6 marketing outlets in Mindanao, and these outlets would also sell organic pork, chicken, milk and eggs soon.

The training held in Bukidnon last week and the formation of the National Livestock and Poultry Committee chaired by Mr. Romulo Reyes, a farmer-scientist from Zamboanga Del Sur was a beginning of more engagements to come in all levels.

Letter to World Future Council

Agro-Eco Philippines won the 2019 Outstanding Practice in Agroecology

The award will be presented today in Berlin, Germany on the occasion of the International Green Week and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/event-scaling-up-agroec…/).

Thank you so much World Future Council (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/opa-2019/) for recognizing our efforts. This prestigious award which we did not expect would come has deeply inspire us to scale-up what we are doing in the pursuit of a better, fairer and sustainable world.

We dedicate this award to our member farmers, staff, officers, and institutional partners at the local, national and international who all worked together to improve the lives of the small-scale farmers, the most neglected sector in Philippine society.

In the words of Dr. Franz-Theo Gottwald (https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/prof-dr-franz-theo-go…/), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of World Future Council, he says “to address hunger, social inequality, climate change, and biodiversity loss, a transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems is inevitable. This recognition showcases smart solutions that really work for the local people and empower those on whom food security of the Global South relies on: small-scale food producers. The Outstanding Practices in Agroecology 2019 create immediate and real impact and if executed at scale, they can help to considerably transform our food systems.”

This award is a recognition of the tangible results of the innovations that we’ve done over the past few years that, if scaled-up, disseminated widely and given more policy and institutional support, would significantly reduce hunger, poverty and the adverse impacts of climate change in the farming communities.

Sincerely,

Geonathan T. Barro
Executive Director

Valeriano Santillan
Chairman of the Board

People’s Advocacy Store opens in Davao City

For the first time, there is now a store situated at the heart of Davao City that sells organic products directly from the organized farmers, items derived from sustainable technologies, advocacy materials, and many more.

Buying from this store directly contributes to the improvement of the lives of many small-scale farmers who, at the moment, are put at the margins by conventional business practices.

It is also a good place to inquire ideas about agroecology, healthy lifestyle, watershed conservation, green space, and practical approaches to sustainable development.

The store is made possible thru the collaborative efforts of the partner development NGOs of DKA/kfb and IPDI South under the Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Cluster. Fastenopfer (Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund) also supports the operations of the store.Enter your text here...

For your product orders and inquiries, you can contact Ma. Elena “Mai-Mai” Grade, the Store Manager (Social Enterprise Officer of Agro-Eco Philippines) at 09207899589/09275314735. You can visit us anytime at Stall No. 17, Dona Segunda Complex, Bangoy Street, Davao City. We are open from 10:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening, from Monday to Saturday.

Soil Quality Management

Agroecology restores ecosystem functioning by maintaining soil health - an effective strategy to achieve food security in the areas of the world where it is most needed – FAO, 2015.

Kiblawan, Davao del Sur- 20 Men and Women Farmers, representing 10 farmers’ Organization from the Davao del Sur Provincial Consultative Team (PCT), conducted a Training on Soil Quality and Productivity Management (SQPM) last June 17-18, 2019.

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The activity was in-line with the continuing call and advocacy of #Agro-eco Philippines, Inc. in protecting and restoring soil health and its quality to attain desired crop productivity.



The training gave emphasis on the importance of the organic matter in the soil. The organic matter provide nutrients and habitat to organisms living in the soil and also binds soil particles into aggregates and improves the water holding capacity of soil.



Unlike other trainings, the learning approach used was farmer-to-farmer, wherein the resource persons are the farmers themselves. This became advantageous since they have common understanding of the language they used in the learning process.

Farmer-Developed Soil Quality Card

Farmer-Developed Soil Quality Card was introduced as a tool to test the soil quality of the selected areas around the training venue.

Assessing the soil quality, farmers can develop the interventions needed to enhance soil health and quality.