Agriculture is Hope

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…

Women Farmers are Amazing!

  Women farmers are the best! Amazing women farmers from our 2nd agripreneurship learning camp in the Philippines! They say “we should thank a farmer everyday”. Your generosity can be this BIG THANK YOU. Our Team in Food SECURE Ph wants to contribute in changing the current narrative of agriculture in rural farming communities in the Philippines….

What if our farmers give up on us?

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…

Organic, the way to go!

#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…

Leading one’s community

#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…

Empowered to empower others

#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…