Food Security and Farmer Empowerment
A study of the impacts of farmer-led sustainable agriculture in the Philippines
This book contains the results of a ground-breaking study of farmer-led sustainable agriculture in the Philippines. Incorporating the experiences of 840 organic, partially organic and conventional farmers, the study is one of the largest ever undertaken on organic rice-based agricultural systems or on sustainable agriculture in Asia.
The book discusses the effects of GM Corn production on farmers’ incomes, health and environment. The research also sheds light on the exploitation of local corn traders among the poor farmers, as well their role in the proliferation of GMOs and changes in the structures of ownership and control over land, natural and genetic resources as a result of GM corn adoption. A section of the book also discusses how agrochemical transnational corporations are reaping huge profits off GM seeds and chemical inputs.
Sustaining participation and scaling-up farmer empowerment
MASIPAG’s Elizabeth Cruzada contributes to a Misereor documentation on rural development, “Strengthening people-led development – a joint effort of local communities, NGOs and donors to redefine participation.” Misereor, a long-time partner of MASIPAG, has “initiated reflection processes with partner organisations and their partner communities on how to facilitate ‘real’ participation and ownership by local communities of development initiatives.” MASIPAG shares how farmer empowerment is crucial not only in achieving food security for the household and community, but also food sovereignty and genuine rural development.