How can we redefine and revitalize Philippine agriculture? This was the challenge and opportunity of the first ever Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Agriculture Forum - LEAF 2018, held on September 29-30, 2018 at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay. LEAF is a global forum, convening local and international powerhouse of leaders in agriculture, dedicated for our agriculture sector, for the Filipino youth, and to … Continue reading Filipino youth can make agriculture “more sexy”
The rice shortage in Zambasulta have awakened the public’s concern on food security. Issues on rice importation, rice smuggling, and corruption, have been linked to this concern afterwards. Sky-high prices of rice also continue to challenge the people of Zambasulta. This rising concern on rice is a manifestation that our government, and relevant stakeholders of … Continue reading Our rising concern on rice
We are often grouped based on our generation. There’s the traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X, Y, and Z. However, all of these generations belong to the “foodie generation”. We all love food so much that our most important question of the day would be: “What’s for breakfast.” Food is always a top of the mind … Continue reading Are we food secure?
When I was a young, I went to the rice fields with my mother, sister, and youngest brother to find food. We collected “ulon-ulon”, the rice stalks left after harvest. We patiently re-harvest this “ulon-ulon” through drifting it into the air, leaving grains of palay behind. After we collect what we can, we sell our … Continue reading Agriculture is Hope
I was born and raised in a poor rural farming community in North Cotabato, Philippines. Every morning as I go to school, I can see farmers working on their rice fields. Under the scorching sun, with bodies bent toward the soil, they carefully plant rice. In the afternoon, as I walk my way home, I … Continue reading What if our farmers give up on us?
#PALAYInitiative Success Stories. 003. Hamsiya Olimpain (PALAY initiative Facilitator, Food SECURE Ph Scribe) “I have learned how to use organic fertilizer in the right way. It is better to use organic fertilizer because it’s natural and from nature itself. Organic fertilizer also has less impact to the environment compared to chemical fertilizers. However, farmers who use … Continue reading Organic, the way to go!
#PALAYInitiative Success Stories. 002. Story of Ammer Mohammad (PALAY initiative Participant, Program Head – Seminar on Sustainable Agriculture) “PALAY initiative taught me the importance of organic farming and how to make natural pesticides. I have also learned better strategies in rice planting (transplanting is better than the traditional ways). After the seminar, I believe I … Continue reading Leading one’s community
#PALAYInitiative Success Stories. 001. Story of Honey Alvarado, PALAY Initiative Participant “I've learned that agriculture is the backbone of our country. The seminar/workshop of PALAY Initiative motivated me to learn new things. The said program taught me the value of agriculture and how we’re going to live with it. I’ve learned dealing with the personnel … Continue reading Empowered to empower others