Farmer Field School – Participatory Plant Breeding (FFS-PPB) Implementation

This is a series of collaborative activities by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered between the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR), through its ASEAN IPM Project, and Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE) on November 16, 2009 in Manila, Philippines. It integrates the principles and methods of PPB in FFS follow-up activities which are undertaken through ASEAN IPM – KASAKALIKASAN collaboration.

The project covers 41 sites/barangays in 24 municipalities of 13 provinces in the Philippines. In each site, it is expected that at least 25-30 male and female farmers of different sectoral representations, 1 agricultural technician, and 27 FFS-IPM trainers on FFS-PPB are produced. Moreover, on-farm conservation of rice and corn cultivars or varieties is expected to be introduced, re-introduced, and initiated as raw genetic materials for farmers to select and use. This activity is also expected to develop a learning module on FFS-PPB.

Food and Agriculture Organization Vegetable IPM Programme for Asia

The Food and Agriculture Organization Vegetable IPM Programme for Asia carries out applied research, extension, and farmer education activities to promote and support IPM in vegetables by Asian smallholder farmers. Phase I focused on enhancing government and non-government organizations’ (GO and NGO, respectively) capability to implement training programs in using “Training of Trainers (TOT)” and Farmer Field School (FFS) approach. Phase II, on the other hand, emphasizes vegetable IPM farmer participatory training and research with a sharper focus on major crops and pests. Funded by the Norwegian government, Phase II is more sensitive to quality control of participatory training and research activities, gender, impact assessment, and regional issues. Carried out in close collaboration with other local, national, and regional IPM-related projects funded by governments, donor agencies, and NGOs, the program provides advice, organizes training, arranges exchange of expertise, and funds field studies and follow-up activities.

Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)

PCARRD is one of the five sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It serves as the main arm of DOST in planning, evaluating, monitoring, and coordinating the national research and development (R&D) programs in agriculture, forestry, environment, and natural resources sectors. It is engaged in active partnership with international, regional, and national organizations and funding institutions for joint R&D, human resource development and training, technical assistance, and exchange of scientists, information, and technologies.

Kasaganaan ng Sakahan at Kalikasan (KASAKALIKASAN)

This is the Philippine National Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) which means “Nature is Agriculture’s Bounty.” Implemented by the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), it seeks to popularize IPM in collaboration with local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) in participating provinces and municipalities. The program assists farmers in developing their ability to make critical and informed decisions that render their crop production systems more productive, profitable, and sustainable. KASAKALIKASAN is the Philippine government’s commitment to Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in promoting sustainable agriculture and rural development.

Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE)

An institution duly organized and existing under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, SEARICE advocates the empowerment of farmers, most especially those who are marginalized by various factors. In particular, it assists farmers in managing their agricultural biodiversity by broadening the genetic base of cultivated crops through on-farm conservation and participatory plant breeding (PPB).

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