Participatory Guarantee System: The Inclusive Certification

In recognition of the importance of organic agriculture in the Philippines and as support the practitioners, the Government was promoted to pass Republic Act (RA) 10068 or The Organic Agriculture Law. RA 10068 intends to fortify organic agriculture in the country and put in place necessary policies to ensure further promotion and development of organic agriculture and compliance to standards. Fortunately, there is a more inclusive certification known as the Participatory Guarantee System or PGS.

Organic Agriculture is Caring for the People and the Environment: The Carmelfarms Story

The couple, Santiago (Santi) and Carmelita (Mely) Cervantes are organic practitioners and trainers in Zone 4, Binanuaanan, Pili, Camarines Sur. Santi is 61 years old with an MS Business Management degree while Mely has a postgraduate degree at UPLB. In 2004, Mely was introduced to PABINHI Pilipinas, a network of scientists and farmers that promote sustainable agriculture and seed sharing. The network was instrumental in providing different farmer-bred selections and traditional/ heirloom rice which they tested in their farms. Now, Mely is a volunteer scientist, and also the regional focal person and trainer on SRI in Bicol Region.

Tillage: Do it or not?

Tillage is an agricultural preparation of the soil by mechanical agitation of various types, such as gidding, stirring and overturning. The purpose of tillage is to mix organic matter into the soil, to help control weeds, break up crusted soil or loosen up small area for planting. But nowadays, there are conflict on the effects of tillage in the soil. Is tillage really good for the soil?

SRI Success Story: the iRelief Foundation Livelihood Recovery and Rehabilitation Program

iRelief Foundation is a non-profit organization established to give support to underprivileged individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by calamities and disasters in hard to reach areas. To extend assistance to affected farming communities, the foundation crafted another project for rice farmers – the technology transfer of Organic SRI (System of Rice Intensification).

Agripreneur in Focus: Victor Mauro

Mr. Mauro started as a conventional farmer in 2009 and shifted to organic farming in 2012. His shift to organic-based farm practices is not only motivated by the opportunity of gaining higher profit and higher productivity but also by his desire to advocate for healthy living and sustainable agriculture .