Safe Food


Private Agri Tourism: Malabing Valley Casibu, Nueva Viscaya

JOSEPHINE NAMUJHE is the founder of the Malabing Valley Sustainable Integrated Forest Farmer’s Association (MVSIFFA). The Malabing Valley Multipurpose Cooperative has ventured into non-traditional capacity building activities as a means to organize farmers in the valley, and as a way to protect its natural resources. The cooperative has joined forces with some NGOs and the government in preparing a land use framework for a community-based forest management program aimed at preventing uncontrolled conversion of...


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Eel Industry

JUAN RAÑA is the chairman of Integrated Growers and Traders (IGAT), a private sector-led voluntary, self-help and selfregulating association composed of Philippine Eel Industry stakeholders. It is organized to promote the interest of the Philippines in general and the eel industry in particular. The acronym “igat” is a Filipino word for eel. The drop in the world’s eel stock tremendously favors the Philippine eel industry. The dwindling supply in Japan, the biggest market for...


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Safe Food Manufacturing

I am not sure if you will agree with me that manufacturing might be a broad label for the food production realm or the industry of food production. The word manufacturing evokes factories and mass production every single time. It might not be that, because cottage industries also involve some level of manufacture. So I’d like to propose that we talk about production instead of manufacturing. That is closer to the ideals of small-scale,...


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Organic Agriculture Program of Negros Occidental

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, organic agriculture is an effective strategy for mitigating climate change by building robust soils that are better adapted to extreme weather conditions associated with climate change. The Organic Agriculture Program in Negros Occidental started with the Public- Private Initiative in Organic Agriculture which established the organic vegetable farm in the rear of Capitol Building in 2005 and the 15 pilot organic villages. The...


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Organic Agriculture

Thank you for inviting me to participate in this event. I also convey the greetings of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma for the success of this undertaking and in the conduct of an objective social audit process of our concerns about the environment. When Nina invited me to chair this session, I told her that I am not an expert on organic farming; but Nina said “don’t worry, just give an overview and help facilitate the...


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Mongo Industry in the Philippines

VICE MAYOR ROBERTO C. AGCAOILI is the Vice Mayor and three-time mayor of San Mateo municipality of Isabela. Under his leadership, it has garnered awards in agricultural development, solid waste management and governance. The Galing Pook Award of 2007 for “Munggo: The Black Gold of San Mateo” is a proof of his administration’s thrust of addressing malnutrition problems, alleviating poverty, developing agriculture and creates additional jobs that provide additional income for the farmers. Monggo...


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Sustainable Integrated Organic & Natural Mini-Farm Program: An Initiative for Food Self-sufficiency, Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Renewal

A 1,000 sqm mini-farm model is a food-self sufficient and self-generating income. Livelihood income can be generated from the animals and crops while the composting of crops and manures will be able to sustain the fertility of the soil. It can also stabilize microclimate through the windbreak. Also it can diversify itself into having a multi-purpose hall for activities, organic market and accommodations; agrotourism for discovery and learning activities within the farm and a...


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Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security

Somehow we neglected the fact that healthy environment is necessary for healthy people. We’ve externalized the environment as if it was something outside us. But food is what connects the earth and our bodies. When we destroy the earth, we are destroying our health. We are destroying our economies. I witnessed this over the last three (3) decades in my beloved country, India. And you are witnessing it in the Philippines. We share similar...


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