June 14, 2013

by MASIPAG National Office


Collection, Identification, Maintenance, Multiplication and Evaluation (CIMME) of cultivars of rice and corn, indigenous vegetables, poultry and livestock breeds. CIMME ensures that collected species and varieties are maintained in on-field seed banks for farmers’ access:

1,313 traditional rice varieties (TRVs) and 105 traditional corn varieties collected and maintained
1,288 MASIPAG rice
506 farmer-bred rice

188 MASIPAG Trial Farms, managed by farmers’ groups and individual farmers. Trials farms have a minimum of 50 TRVs and MASIPAG rice, and are living community seedbanks. Farmers study and select adaptive varieties from the trial farms and design cultural management practices suited to their particular agro-climatic conditions.

MASIPAG has two national and eight regional back-up farms where collected and saved seeds are conserved and improved.

Breeding. Farmers select and breed rice, corn and livestock, enabling them to develop cultivars/breeds from traditional varieties and stocks that are adapted to local conditions and whose resistance are enhanced against adverse conditions such as drought, soil and water salinity, and pests and diseases.

In response to adverse agroclimatic conditions brought about by climate change, MASIPAG has documented Masipag rice, farmer-bred rice and TRVs with particular adaptation:

7 flood tolerant varieties
17 drought tolerant varieties
19 saline (saltwater) tolerant varieties
23 pests or diseases resistant varieties

Developing Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems encourages farmers to shift from monocropping to diversified and integrated farming systems; from chemical to organic farming; and focusing from the individual farm ecosystem to community/agro-ecosystem wide conversion. Technical support and information is providied on critical aspects such as soil fertility management, alternative pest management, cropping systems, diversification and farm integration.

Documentation and Dissemination of Farmer Developed/Adapted Technologies (FDATs) refers to the reaffirmation, systematization and practical application of local knowledge systems in agriculture, giving members additional farm management options.

Local Processing and Marketing Support is provided to member organizations that are engaged in alternative and PO-managed processing and marketing initiatives. Current emphasis is on the development of Internal Quality Control Systems for organic farm products.

Education and Training enables network members to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes to make them better equipped in sustaining their program and activities at the farm organization and provincial levels. On-farm trainings are based on needs analysis and responsive to the farmers’ actual situation.

Program/Project Benefit Monitoring and Evaluation System (PPBMES) is an internal database system for monitoring progress and assessing the socio-economic impacts of the projects, serving as basis for improving program efficiency and effectiveness.

Network Strengthening and Consolidation boosts internal systems and processes and builds the capacities of the various levels of MASIPAG — the member organizations, Regional Project Management Teams, regional and national secretariats, and the Board of Trustees.

Linkaging and Advocacy – MASIPAG takes an active stand on national and global issues that affect the food security and sovereignty of resource-poor Filipino farmers. It advocates farmers’ control on seeds and technologies, genuine agrarian reform and opposes globalization of agriculture, biopiracy, and the patenting of life forms, genetic engineering, and the entry of GMOs in the country. MASIPAG also links with local, national and international groups working on farmers’ rights and sustainable agriculture.