Coops extend relief support to IP groups in Mindanao

According to a report from the United Nations*, COVID-19 poses a grave threat to indigenous communities throughout world. Already facing poor access to sanitation and technology, the indigenous people (IP) is one of the most vulnerable sectors in the pandemic. In Mindanao, some cooperatives have supported the IPs in lessening the impact of the pandemic […]

Farmers and fisherfolks: Ensuring food security in the time of pandemic

While the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a sector in the rural frontlines are silently working to ensure that food will always be on every Filipino families’ table: our farmers and fisherfolks. On May 25, the Department of Agriculture formally declared the national observance of Farmers and Fisherfolks Month to pay tribute to the […]

PEF, ACDI-VOCA unite for Sultan Kudarat coffee farmers

PEF, ACDI-VOCA unite for Sultan Kudarat coffee farmers

The coffee industry in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat gets a boost with the partnership of the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) and the Agricultural Cooperative Development International-Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) to increase production and improve quality of coffee beans in the municipality. During the meeting at the Municipal Agriculture Office of the town on […]

women of kalamansig coffee

The women of Kalamansig coffee

The town of Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat is a haven of economic opportunities. The Moro Gulf, where a variety of fish can be harvested such as tuna and bangus (milkfish), serves as the major fishing ground of the coastal communities facing the Gulf.  Both upland and lowland areas are considered agricultural hubs, with corn, banana, […]

Livelihood program set for T’bolis in South Cotabato

Seven entities signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide livelihood opportunities and markets to coffee and abaca farmers from upland T’boli communities in South Cotabato. The partnership among the Peace and Equity Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Industry (PFIDI), United Maligang Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Joscual Trading and the […]

Young trainer helps farmers improve their income

Young trainer helps farmers improve their income in coffee

While the agriculture sector is suffering from a shortage of young workers in the industry, Darly Joy Puguon, 22, has decided to pursue her passion and study Bachelor of Agricultural Technology at the Ifugao State University. “Gusto ko talaga magturo sa ibang mga farmers natin para makatulong at kumita sila,” she said. Now a trainer […]

Expanding potential for profit

With the farm practices he learned from the tour in Sagada’s Ola Farms, Philander Miguel, 51, will try to expand planting coffee from half hectare of his coffee farm to one hectare. “Talagang ngayon magtatanim pa kame ng mas marami. ‘Yung farm ko ngayon kulang pa sa asikaso,” he said. To address this, Miguel said […]

Rejuvenating the coffee industry in Cordillera Region

While most farmers in Asipulo, Ifugao, have yet to embrace the practice of rejuvenating coffee trees for better productivity, Ramon Bistol Jr., 48, has decided to cut down the stems of his old trees on February 2018, hoping it would yield better results. “Nagkaroon kami ng learning trip sa Batangas, kung saan ko natutunan at […]

Social enterprises go green

The Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), in partnership with Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region XI, organized a green productivity training last September 20 in Davao City to ensure environmental preservation while maintaining profitability of social enterprises. The training emphasized to 11 social enterprises from Mindanao the threats of climate change and how to […]

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