Holiday Greetings from MASIPAG Family!

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!

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MASIPAG Oppose the Revival of MASAGANA 99

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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.

Watch full video here.

Farmer-led Agriculture Can Change the Planet

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.

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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. #

 

MASIPAG Lands in the ‘The Rules’

The Rules, a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers and writers, pushing for a change in the global narrative, has published in its blog MASIPAG’s opinion piece on Monsanto and the growing corporate control in food and agriculture.

You can read the article here.

The publication of MASIPAG’s opinion piece was made possible through CIDSE, a lay-led Catholic network and an international alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies working together for global justice. #

Group mounts ‘anti-GMO’ protest on World Food Day celebration

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines— A local farmers group will mark the World Food Day celebration on Oct.16 with a call for climate justice.

In a news conference Thursday, Oct. 13, Masipag Regional Coordinator for Mindanao, Leo “XL” Fuentes said that in celebration of WFD, Masipag will stage a rally to denounce the continued production of crops that are genetically modified and the use of pesticides.

Masipag, farmer-led network of people’s organizations and scientists, will hold a mobilization dubbed, the People’s Tribunal Against Monsanto, this Friday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m in Rizal Park, this city.

Expected to join are other cause-oriented group such as Mamayang Ayaw sa Aerial Spray (MAAS), Interface for Development (IDIS), Panalipdan Southern Mindanao, RECAP Foundation, Francis Morales Resource Center (FSMRC), METSA Foundation, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), and other farmer and environmental organizations.

Fuentes slammed Mosanto, a multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri known for its GMO crops.

According to Masipag, Monsanto is responsible in polluting the environment, destroying farm lands and consequently damaging food security.

Fuentes also revealed that more than 20,000 hectares of land are planted with GMO crops in various plantations.

“Can you imagine the food that we are going to eat will be sprayed with almost the same bio-weapon used during the Vietnam war? The 2, 4, 5,-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid that is present in Monsanto’s pesticide is similar to Agent Orange 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid,” Fuentes said.

Citing a United Nations report, around 750 million people are hungry each day which means that “roughly one out of nine people is experiencing extreme starvation.”

In the Philippines, Fuentes said, around 56 percent of teenager based from a 2005 survey are sleeping while they are hungry.

“We cannot simply celebrate World Food Day when majority of the people in the world suffered mass poverty and hunger while our communities are made vulnerable to climate disasters by reckless and greedy chemical companies,” he said.(davaotoday.com)

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