Tagaytay City,Philippines – More than 30 participants from South and Southeast Asia are gathered in NASSA’s BEC Development Center in Tagaytay for a four-day international conference on farmers’ rights through sustainable agriculture.
The annual gathering on September 19 to 22 aims to consolidate the ranks of organic farming practitioners in the region to advance food sovereignty through the adoption of technologies that balance indigenous practices and modern techniques on sustainable agriculture.
The conference is hosted by Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace or CBCP-NASSA-JP and organized by Caritas Asia as part of the Pan-Asia regional program on sustainable agriculture known as “Climate Resilient Eco-friendly Agriculture Mainstreaming” or CREAM in Asia.
Farmers and Caritas Asia program officers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong-China, Mongolia, Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal will share knowledge and experience on successful organic farming practices such as the Systems of Rice Intensification or SRI, with emphasis on environment stewardship and climate change mitigation.
SRI is an old Madagascar technology that brings radical increase in rice productivity and is now slowly gaining momentum among organic farmers in Asia.
In the Philippines, NASSA is among the leading development institutions that support and mainstream this technology.
On-site trainings on other rice production technologies and bio-fertilizer production are set to provide participants with practical experience.
Speakers at the event include Arze Glipo of Integrated Rural Development Foundation and Dr. Albert Jo of the Path to Wellness.
Joining the farmers are program officers from Caritas Belgium, Catholic Relief Services and CBCP Media.
Participants will stay in Butuan, Agusan del Sur for a three-day field exposure to train and exchange indigenous knowledge with the local farmers.