At 69, Zosima “Sosing” Abonite, a cheerful farmer-leader from Mibantang, Quezon, Bukidnon still does the work in her diversified farm with passion and precision. She continue to make, apply and share her farming innovations and seeds to the small-scale farmers in Regions 10 and 11 for the past 15 years. Watch her work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhYSCiE9OhY.
Her quality organic produce draw customers from Cagayan de Oro and Davao City, but in most cases it is already sold out at the community level with the help of her daughter and grandchildren.
Nanay Sosing, as most of us call her, and the members of their women’s organization did their part in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic not only by selling affordable organic products but also by making 200 pieces of face masks which are now being distributed to the farmers in Northern and Western Mindanao Regions.
Her deep knowledge and strong commitment to Women and Agroecology and Gender and Development is reinforced by the learnings shared to her by the Institute of Women’s Studies (IWS) of St. Scholastica’s College (http://ssc.edu.ph/outreach-and-advocacies/institute-of-womens-studies/) where Nanay Sosing is a proud graduate, along with 8 other women leaders from Agro-Eco Philippines, of their half-month course.
Nanay Sosing is a living legacy. Her energy will not be as strong as it is now in the next 20 years. This is life. But it is inspiring to know that there are now groups of young organic farmers in Mindanao (watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QgbBGrmYQs&t=92s) following what Nanay Sosing and the thousands of organic farmers who’ve already turned 60 have started and want, with all their hearts, to be followed and be made even better by the millennials.