Members of BUSAFO proudly post in front of their almost finished multi-purpose building constructed from the income of their social enterprise program. We’d like to thank all of you for letting their organic rice enter into the doors of your houses and offices. It’s not only your health that you are improving every time you consumed organic products, you’re directly contributing to the improvement of the livelihood of the small-scale farmers by sustainable means.
Buayan Sustainable Agriculture Farmer’s Organization (BUSAFO) is one of the oldest and most active organizations within the network of Agro-Eco Philippines (www.agroecophilippines.org). It is based in Barangay Buayan, Mlang, North Cotabato but it never failed to supply quality organic rice (comes in black, red and white) to the NGOs, schools and increasing no. of households in Davao City. We commit to continue our door-to-door delivery with the same affordable price.
The organization has surpassed and endured several obstacles, which many others are still figuring out how, as it continue to move forward. Its success can clearly be attributed to their logical approaches, focused program, active members, trustworthy and disciplined leaders, add-on economic benefits (a member gets a higher price by selling his/her organic rice to BUSAFO and also a dividend from the organization’s income at the end of the year), and a good financial management system. Arthur Jurada and Nida Laudato, their Chairperson and Treasurer, respectively, have expressed their willingness to share (a form of accompaniment) their expertise on financial management to those farmer’s organizations engaged in social enterprise activities, as part of our 2020-2022 Project called #AGILE.
BUSAFO, like many farmer’s organizations practicing #agroecology, maintains a community-based seeds conservation program dubbed as Farmer Learning Center where hundreds of resilient, locally-adapted and high-quality seeds from traditional and farmer-bred varieties (BUSAFO has 170 rice varieties/lines) are kept, observed and documented, verified, shared, and mass produced. This is where the organic rice that you are probably cooking right now – and would always want to be served on your table comes from.
The boldness of BUSAFO is taken a little bit further as they joined the international campaign on Farmer’s Right to Seeds, which you can know more from the links below.