They always have the option to stay at home and watch TV all day long, but the leaders of the organized practitioners of organic farming (most of whom are senior citizens) in the provinces of Zamboanga Del Sur and Misamis Occidental went off to the field, walked through a mile-long rice paddy in the middle of a rainfall before reaching the diversified farm of Teodulo Badillo http://agroecophilippines.org/they-showed-the-way/ where they held the community-based Yearly Project Planning, a venue where many farmers within Agro-Eco Philippines can voice out, participate, and plot the course of their actions based on their local context and common aspirations.
What continue to keep them #AGILE (e.g. Tony Lagahid, 77; Belen Apale, 73; Abeth Berico, 72; Boning Osing, 66) through the years is fueled by improved quality of life brought about by agroecological transformation – since they left conventional farming decades ago – to the full realization of the Vision, Mission, Goal and Values they all shared with the members of the network www.agroecophilippines.org.
What to expect soon from their plan?
- COVID-19 awareness and food relief activities in Salug Valley
- Strengthening and consolidation of farmer’s organizations
- More practitioners of #agroecology (DIFS) http://agroecophilippines.org/very-productive-seniors/
- Improved program on livestock
- Organizing of Young Organic Farmers, and
- Organic Products Outlet in Molave
The undeterred commitment of these seniors is one of the sources of strength of the growing organic farming movements in the western part of Mindanao.