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Supporting Small Family Farmers &
Addressing Climate Change
Takes a Community
by Justine C. Tajonera
Assignment 3.1: How T...
What do I know?
•  Agriculture in the Philippines
employs 32% of the workforce
(World Bank, 2014)
•  It accounts for 12% o...
The losers: small-scale farmers
•  In the Philippines, The
poorest of the poor are
the indigenous peoples,
small-scale far...
Modern Agriculture: increases CO2
levels; also vulnerable to Climate Change
•  Tilling the soil (using
modern agricultural...
What did I do?
•  I applied to be a stakeholder at
GoodFoodCommunity.com,
a small community of Filipinos
who invest in buy...
The Formula for Sustainability
•  According to
GoodFoodCommunity.com,
this is the formula:
•  Smallholder organic
farmers ...
Everybody wins
•  Every Wednesday, we
pick up our fresh,
seasonal vegetables from
a local hub.
•  We enjoy good health, th...
Relationship
•  Relationship is the
glue that holds
everything together.
•  We are in contact
with the organizer,
our frie...
Small is Beautiful
“Wisdom demands a new orientation
of science and technology toward the
organic, the gentle, the elegant...
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  1. 1. Supporting Small Family Farmers & Addressing Climate Change Takes a Community by Justine C. Tajonera Assignment 3.1: How To Change The World, Wesleyan University via Coursera.org
  2. 2. What do I know? •  Agriculture in the Philippines employs 32% of the workforce (World Bank, 2014) •  It accounts for 12% of the GDP (WB, 2013) •  The Philippines is the 8th largest rice producer in the world and contributes 2.8% of the world’s rice production (FAO of the U.N. 2009) •  And yet it was one of the biggest rice importers in 2010 (Reuters, Jan. 28, 2011) Attribution of rice fields image from Cagayan Province: Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by Daniel Mietchen
  3. 3. The losers: small-scale farmers •  In the Philippines, The poorest of the poor are the indigenous peoples, small-scale farmers who cultivate land received through agrarian reform, landless workers, fishers, people in upland areas and women. (Source: ruralpovertyportal.org) Attribution of rural poor image from Cagayan Province: Ppgis.net Blog
  4. 4. Modern Agriculture: increases CO2 levels; also vulnerable to Climate Change •  Tilling the soil (using modern agricultural methods) releases 832 metric tons per acre of CO2 in tropical countries (source: video lecture 3.1, Barry Chernoff, College of Environment, Wesleyan University) •  Changes in temperature, amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), and the frequency and intensity of extreme weather could have significant impacts on crop yields. (source: http:// www.epa.gov/climatechange/ impacts-adaptation/ agriculture.html) Attribution of tillage image: commons.wikimedia.org
  5. 5. What did I do? •  I applied to be a stakeholder at GoodFoodCommunity.com, a small community of Filipinos who invest in buying organic produce from smallholder farmers to ensure that they have an income while they practice organic farming. •  I buy organic vegetables (Bayong Pambahay or house basket and the salad pack) in advance (12 weeks) to support farmers and I will continue to do so. Attribution of image: GoodFoodCommunity.com
  6. 6. The Formula for Sustainability •  According to GoodFoodCommunity.com, this is the formula: •  Smallholder organic farmers + enlightened citizens = Sustainable Community •  The plus sign is relationship. •  I couldn’t agree more. Attribution of image: GoodFoodCommunity.com
  7. 7. Everybody wins •  Every Wednesday, we pick up our fresh, seasonal vegetables from a local hub. •  We enjoy good health, the farmers are assured of income as they practice organic farming, and the environment does not suffer because organic farming techniques do no release as much CO2 as modern agriculture does. Image: my son, B, helping me pick up our Bayong Pambahay from a local hub, Edgy Veggy restaurant in Mandaluyong City
  8. 8. Relationship •  Relationship is the glue that holds everything together. •  We are in contact with the organizer, our friendly “gulay” (vegetable) fairy, Drei, and we have the opportunity to visit the farm and meet the farmers. Image: my kids, B and C, enjoying a night of music as we participated in a Food and Music Festival called Foodstock organized by Good Food Community. We also met the farmers from Tarlac who served at the organic vegetable buffet.
  9. 9. Small is Beautiful “Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.” “The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical. The philosophy of unbridled materialism is being challenged by events.” •  ― E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered

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