MASIPAG

Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Farmer-Scientist Partnership for Development) is a farmer-led network of people's organizations, NGOs and scientists following the mission to improve the life quality of resource-poor farmers. Since 1985, MASIPAG has worked towards a sustainable use and management of biodiversity through farmers' control of genetic and biological resources, agricultural production and associated knowledge. As of 2013 approximately 30,000 farmer members are registered in the people’s organizations. The core principles include food security and the diversification of crops, livestock and products. Additionally, MASIPAG attaches great importance on local markets as well as relationships with consumers and reducing market layers. Besides being democratic and transparent in group activities and taking interest in studying issues related to organic agriculture, MASIPAG also aims to strengthen farmers control over the selling of their produce while improving productivity and sustainability and achieving food self-sufficiency at local level.

Rice is life for MASIPAG! Out of a collection of 1,313 traditional rice varieties, MASIPAG has documented 66 flood, drought or saline tolerant as well as pests or diseases resistant varieties.

The PGS run by MASIPAG is called the MASIPAG Farmers Guarantee System. This system was coined to give credence to the farmers who man the Internal Quality Control System team, serve as internal inspectors, quality control officers and the approving committee. The MASIPAG standards are drafted by the farmers themselves with the guidance of the staff from the national and regional MASIPAG secretariats.

MASIPAG is at the forefront of development struggles in the Philippines pursuing a holistic approach to development, community empowerment, and people’s control over agricultural biodiversity as a contribution in the over-all effort of improving the quality of life of small farmers.

For more information please visit the MASIPAG website


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