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No less than 100 million inhabitants, a third of whom live from agriculture, live on this group of islands in South-East Asia. Agriculture is still dominated by feudal forms of land ownership but also by the activities of multinational agribusinesses.
The results are great poverty in rural areas and migration to slums in the big cities. But the country has a long tradition of resistance with countless grassroots organizations and NGOs. The government responds to these actions with outright repression, with the support of paramilitary groups.
Solidagro supports organizations that stand up for a righteous allocation of land and the application of a democratic system in various areas.
At the local level, we encourage farmers to better organize themselves to form a counterforce against exploitation and oppression, and to demand support from local governments.
At the same time, we assist them in improving their agricultural production, while paying close attention to its ecological impact. After all, without thorough land reform, support for ecological agriculture and radical climate policy, local projects remain surrounded by many threats such as intensive mining. The right to food is unfortunately not guaranteed.
Via our partner MASIPAG (see below) we are part of Agroecology X, the largest national network for agro-ecology in the Philippines. It is a unique community of organizations, associations, sustainable agriculture practitioners and advocates and social entrepreneurs.
© Agroecology X
MASIPAG - Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (translation: Farmers and scientists for agricultural development) is a national network of farmers and scientists promoting agroecology.
For Solidagro, MASIPAG contributes to the capacities of local Philippine partners in agroecological techniques, community outreach and policy advocacy. The focus is on smallholder farmers in key areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. MASIPAG further takes the lead in the national Agroecology X network (see above) and manages several learning farms around sustainable agricultural techniques.
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