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.

advocacy features

MASIPAG at 39: Onwards Food Sovereignty and Farmer-led Agroecology!

July 17, 2024

by MASIPAG National Office

Exactly 39 years ago today, 44 farmers’ organizations from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and 50 representatives of farmer-support groups and concerned scientists convened at the University of the Philippines Los Banos to discuss the root cause of the problems in rice agriculture under the Masagana 99 program. For the next three days, this convening of […]

MASIPAG’s Open Letter to the Editor of The Guardian’s Article on Golden Rice: Respect the Knowledge and Agency of the Filipino People

June 3, 2024

by MASIPAG National Office

We hold deep with respect The Guardian’s commitment to impactful journalism and science communication that gives voice to the powerless. However, The Guardian’s recent article, and in fact, the second one, regarding Greenpeace and the Philippine Court ruling against Golden Rice fails to meet this standard. As Filipino farmers, scientists, development workers, and citizens dedicated […]

Likas-kayang pagsasasaka–isang labang lapat sa lupa

May 3, 2024

by MASIPAG National Office

Sentral sa pakikibaka ng mga magsasaka ang usapin ng pagmamay-ari ng lupa. Sa matagal ng panahon, pinapangunahan at malawakang itinataguyod ng Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas kasama ang maraming mga magsasaka ang kampanyang bungkalan para igiit ang kanilang karapatan sa lupa. Ang bungkalan ay isang porma ng paggiit ng pagmamay-ari sa lupa na sinimulan ng mga […]

[ON THE GROUND] Beyond Technical: MASIPAG Mindanao’s Continuing Quest Towards Farmer Empowerment

February 7, 2024

by MASIPAG National Office

While it has not even half of the first quarter of 2024, MASIPAG farmers from Mindanao started the year strong – further strengthening their capacities to lead local food security initiatives through farmer-led agroecology. In Asuncion, Davao del Norte, members of the Abagatan Farmers Association (AFA) collectively tend to the MASIPAG trial farm after the […]

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MASIPAG’s Open Letter to the Editor of The Guardian’s Article on Golden Rice: Respect the Knowledge and Agency of the Filipino People

June 3, 2024

by MASIPAG National Office

We hold deep with respect The Guardian’s commitment to impactful journalism and science communication that gives voice to the powerless. However, The Guardian’s recent article, and in fact, the second one, regarding Greenpeace and the Philippine Court ruling against Golden Rice fails to meet this standard. As Filipino farmers, scientists, development workers, and citizens dedicated […]

Likas-kayang pagsasasaka–isang labang lapat sa lupa

May 3, 2024

by MASIPAG National Office

Sentral sa pakikibaka ng mga magsasaka ang usapin ng pagmamay-ari ng lupa. Sa matagal ng panahon, pinapangunahan at malawakang itinataguyod ng Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas kasama ang maraming mga magsasaka ang kampanyang bungkalan para igiit ang kanilang karapatan sa lupa. Ang bungkalan ay isang porma ng paggiit ng pagmamay-ari sa lupa na sinimulan ng mga […]

Hands Off Our Seeds! Sign the Statement to #StopUPOV

December 5, 2023

by MASIPAG National Office

The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) works for the privatisation of seeds around the world, imposing “intellectual property rights” over plant varieties and enabling companies to monopolise them. UPOV advances corporate rights through seed privatisation and restricts what the rest of us are allowed to do with seeds. If […]

MASIPAG’s Call For Action on the Anniversary of the Bhopal Tragedy: Climate Justice and Phasing Out Highly Hazardous Pesticides at COP28

December 3, 2023

by MASIPAG National Office

On this day in 1984, the quiet city of Bhopal in India was turned into a massive gas chamber after a gas leak from the US subsidiary-owned pesticide factory Union Carbide India Ltd which claimed 3,000 lives, with 25,000 more dead in the aftermath. Called as the biggest industrial accident in living memory, 39 years […]