Agroforestry Projects aim to improve the Philippines low-income farmer's planting capacity by introducing agroforestry into their farms, so they could address and overcome their community problems, such as extreme poverty, biodiversity crisis and climate changes that mainly comes from their slash&burn activities
Challenges & Goals
Slash&burn agriculture, emitting 2.1 billion tons of CO2 every year
Globally, about 0.3 billion of people are doing slash&burn agriculture for their living, which has many devastating environmental problems including tropical forest destruction, erosion and degradation of soil, climate changes and reduced biodiversities, as they have to burn forests to make farmlands.
Given that one slash-and-burn farmer destroys 1 ha of forests every year, and that size of forests can absorb 7 tons of CO2 every year, we now easily accept the bad effects of slash-and-burn agriculture to the climate change. For this reason, we suggested sustainable alternatives to slash-and-burn farmers in developing countries
Agroforestry, the solution selected by UN for extreme povery and environmental problems
The meonoculture through slash-and-burn agriculture could not handle the poverty problems in developing countries, which but has serious side effects on local biodiversity and environment.
On the other hand, agroforestry is a environmental-friendly and economical agriculture, which is the fusion of tropical fruit tree cultivation and agriculture utilizing extra land near forest, resulting in local income increase through enhanced species diversity and blight damage dispersion.
Globally, about 1.2 billion of people are actively taking agriculture and in 2014, the importance of agriculture was emphasized by UNFAO at the international sysposium on food security and nutrition
Strengthening income for the local under $1 per day in the Philippines
Our goal is to make the life of low income families in the Philippines more sustainable. Ecopeace Asia's agroforestry project aims povery dicreases for 149 local residents by 2017.
By agroforestry projects, beneficiaries, who had made their living selling coconut($0.1 per unit) fro monoculture, will be able to plant and sale various fruit trees and cash crops worth $2~2.5 per unit.
For this goal, we have been focusing on construction of community tree nurseries and local capacity building activities
Farming capacity building activities focused on local needs
For successful results, it is important that local farmers spontanerously participate in the projects, overcome poverty and secure their environment.
Ecopeace Asia are priorly organizing farmer's self-government committee for model farm, community tree nursery, local forests and ultimately, the successful and sustainable case of agroforestry project.
By 2017, after monitoring and consultimng process, Ecopeace Asia will screen and foster local leaders who manage and operate community model farm and tree nurseries.
2014~2017ㅣ 1st Ecopeace Asia Agroforestry Project in the Philippines
- Project Goal
- Farming capacity building for local farmers living on less than $1(UDS) a day
- Enhancement of civil society cooperation in Asia matched with Ecopeace Asia's mission
- Project Area
- 4 Barangays in General Nakar, Quezon Province, Philippines
- Barangay Minahan North, Magsikap, Philippines
- Barangay Pesa, Maigang, Philippines
- Project Contents
- Upgrading biodiversity and agricultural productivity for poverty reduction
- Education on agroforestry, facility construction and farming capcacity building for poor farmers living on less than $1 a day
- Experts monitoring, consulting, sitie visit for training participants
- Main Expected Effect
- Enrichment of agricultural productivity by capacity building for poor farmers
- Main Activity
- Supports on local community (such as managing&operating tree nursery committee, tree nurseries&sowing and experts monitoring
- Supports on creation and maintenance of farmland and forest (such as creating model farm for each Barangay, creating school forest and local forest, maintenance works on irrigation canal)
- Education on agroforestry (such as capacity building, including short-term seminar for preliminary participants)
- Site visits&consultation
- Providing seeds of cash crops to graduates of the educational program
- Opening ceremony and commemorative event on tree nursery
2017~2019ㅣ 2nd Ecopeace Asia Agroforestry Project in the Philippines
- Project Goal
- Marketing & income increase of agroforestry in Philippines