MASIPAG has joined the calls for the confirmation of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, who has been staunch in her stand in protecting the environment against destructive mining operations.
MASIPAG Regional Coordinator for Mindanao, Leo XL Fuentes Jr. has been quoted in a MindaNews article expressed support, as well as the significant role of agriculture:
Leo Fuentes Jr., regional coordinator of Magsasaka at Siyentipiko Para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG), highlighted the agriculture’s role in providing potential jobs for workers who may be displaced.
“Before mining companies came to mine the communities, people used to be in farming. Agriculture can provide alternative jobs,” he said.
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Alliance against GMOs STOP OGM Pacifique interviews Dr Chito Medina during the People’s Tribunal against Monsanto regarding GM crops in the Philippines and its impacts to lives and livelihood of Filipino farmers, health and environment. Dr. Medina is an environmental scientist who has served as MASIPAG’s National Coordinator from 2007-2016. He now works as a technical consultant to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and remains a staunch and active partner-scientist of MASIPAG.
Watch the interview here.
The year 2016 has been a challenging year for MASIPAG which saw significant and necessary organizational changes, but also brought about growth, strengthened bonds and kept alive our fervor in serving the small-scale farmers in the country.
As we reflect on the lessons of 2016, and look forward with hope for 2017, we thank you, our dearest partners and friends, for being with us, and for the continued support and faith in our vision and mission.
We wish you a meaningful and joyous Yuletide holidays!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
MASIPAG expresses its opposition against the revival or replication of MASAGANA 99, an agricultural program introduced by Marcos in the 1960s. MASIPAG believes that small-scale farmers did not enjoy long-term benefits from the program, and instead exacerbated their already dismal condition.
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In a video produced by CIDSE, Maria Rowena Buena, PGS Coordinator of MASIPAG shares the life and struggles of poor Filipino farmers, and how they work on achieving food security and empowerment through MASIPAG.
You can watch the whole video here.
Thanks to our friends in CIDSE for this wonderful opportunity to spread the word on farmer-led agriculture, and how it can contribute to caring for the planet and changing the world. #