Fisherfolks learn sustainable aquaculture practices

For coastal communities who depend heavily on fishing for their livelihood, protecting their marine area and conserving their mangrove forest are vital to sustain their main source of income. The same is true for Padre Burgos in Quezon province. The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), together with the Coalition of Municipal Fisherfolks Association of Zamboanga […]

Sweet success for cacao farmers

The inviting sweet aroma of ‘Sikwate’ or chocolate drink looks deliciously irresistible as it is slowly poured through a ‘batirol’ (a traditional wooden tool to make a chocolate drink), still steaming hot and mouth-watering greeted the visiting PEF team to the cacao processing and development center of Chocolate de San Isidro (CSI).  Without doubt, Sikwate […]

Where bitter turns sweet

Her childhood memory of the small hut where she and her four siblings lived together with her parents was still vivid in the mind of Jean Salazar-de la Torre, the eldest daughter of cacao farmers Ricardo and Erlinda Salazar. “Kung moulan gani, mahinumduman nako akong papa manguha og dahon sa Marang aron itapal sa buslot […]

Improving Coffee Quality in the Philippines

The Philippines has a rich history of coffee—in fact, it was one of the world’s top coffee-growing nations. Arriving in 1740, coffee spread throughout the Philippines in the ensuing decades, and by the 1860s was being exported to America. In 1880 the Philippines was the fourth-largest exporter of coffee behind Brazil, Africa, and Java, and […]

Coco farmers get P200-M credit facility

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has set aside P200 million worth of loans for coconut farmers and vowed government efforts to establish direct market linkages between coconut producers, traders and millers to eliminate profiteering middlemen. Read more: Coco farmers get P200-M credit facility

Agriculture department mulls lifting export ban on whole coconuts

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture is mulling the possibility of lifting the ban on exporting unprocessed coconut, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Friday.  Read more: Agriculture department mulls lifting export ban on whole coconuts

There’s a heartwarming story in each cup of The Dream Coffee

The T’boli tribe of South Cotabato, Mindanao is known for weaving dreams into reality. They are popular for the T’nalak, a fabric woven out of sacred tradition and whose design is inspired by the dreams of the people. But beyond this impeccable weave, the T’boli will also soon be acknowledged for another product born out […]

Coffee industry pioneers honored for achievements

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coffee Board (PCB) on October 26 honored the industry’s pioneers through the 1st Coffee Cup of Distinction Awards. Read more: Coffee industry pioneers honored for achievements