Rainforestation and Upland Sustainable Agriculture for the Small Farmers of Purok Panusugin, Sitio San Joseph, Antipolo, Rizal

Rainforestation and Upland Sustainable Agriculture for the Small Farmers of Purok Panusugin, Sitio San Joseph, Antipolo, Rizal

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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The project location is in a 7-hectare rolling area in a poor farmers’ village in the hilly province which is 50 kms eastward of Manila. Reforestation through endemic tree species and organic agriculture were introduced, aiming to uplift the farmers’ capacities for basic needs like food and eventually, to improve economic sufficiency, alongside restoring the ecological viability of the area.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project addresses the problem of poverty among small farmers in Rizal. Specifically, it addresses the lack of sustainable livelihood among 200 families. Also, this initiative hopes to lessen or mitigate the extreme impacts of heavy rains and stronger typhoons.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The project started in June 2010 through the benevolence of an artist who owned, but never got the chance to develop the 7-hectare property he acquired from the government. Entrusting the land to a local farmers’ organization, and a church-based cooperator from onset, the owner agreed to a 25-year free lease of the property on condition of making it productive and useful for the neighboring farmers’ benefit and the larger community in general. Located in a province next to Metro Manila, the mountainous area of Antipolo is home to sixty percent (60%) of the Marikina watershed—the region that provides water for the Marikina River—the river that overflowed during the heavy rainfall that struck Manila in September 26, 2009 due to Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), and flooded the whole Metro Manila causing the destruction of thousands of lives and billions of properties. In a micro scale, this reforestation and sustainable upland agriculture will support the economic well-being of more than 200 poor farmers’ families. But at a larger perspective, the project responds to mitigate the impacts brought about by stronger and more frequent typhoons that pass the Philippines due to global warming. In this sense, the project can be considered novel and unique.
Impact: How does it Work

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The innovation will improve the food production capacities of more than 200 farmers with their families. Eventually, the project aims to ripple among the remaining 300 other farming families. These poor families currently earn around 70-90 US dollars per month from farming, house labor, vending, seasonal carpentry, public utility driving and other odd jobs. As sustainable agriculture introduces chemical-free farming, this technology will lessen the farmers' acquired dependence on chemical inputs for better yield. The farmers will learn how to make use of naturally-occurring materials and processes to regain or improve soil fertility. More importantly, farming expenses will be decreased by more than half because of the input for chemicals was eliminated by the newly-introduced technology. In this manner, soil nutrition can be regained through organic methods. Values have been re-learned as well. Summing up, increased income for farmers are expected in the coming months. And food security can be anticipated. On the other hand, reforestation activities will help restore the Marikina Watershed, thus helping to mitigate the impacts of possible future heavy rainfalls as a result of extreme events brought about by climatic changes.
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Advovates of Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM)AGHAM
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Organization Name

Advovates of Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM)AGHAM

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Organization Address

26 Matulungin St. Central Quezon City 1100 Philippines

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How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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AGHAM, in a memorandum of understanding with the local farmers' association -- the San Joseph Chapel Growers' Association and the Kalingap Marikina Watershed, came into terms in unifying the basis for cooperation and the terms of reference for the whole project. A project team was formed to ensure that all activities set are implemented. Education activities were initiated and training of local leaders have been conducted. Active participation among all cooperators and beneficiaries have been constantly sought. Organizing is observed in all phases of the project. Networking is ensured in all planned activities. Timely evaluations after each and every activity was conducted.

Disintegration of the project team and the organizations involved is the only hindrance that can prevent the success of the project.


On the first year, the project hopes to cultivate the first three (3) hectares of the whole area. Aside from reforesting the uppermost part of the land, the middle and lower portions have been planted with vegetables and fruit bearing trees. At the end of this stage, the farm hopes to supply the needed vegetables of the 100 participating families.

By year 2, the remaining parcel of 4 hectares should have been cultivated. The number of participating families doubled. And food production will be enough for all 200 farmers households.

At the end of year 3, the whole seven hectares was covered with hardwood and fruit-bearing trees on the upper and middle portion. The sloping and flat grounds are covered with organically-grown vegetables and rice. By this year, the farmers' produced should be more than enough for the families consumption, thus increasing their household income as well.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?


If so, how?

The project hopes to show how untapped arable lands can be made productive to the segment of the Philippine population whose lives depend solely on farming but are not able to realize their own full potential, because of lack of land to till. Also, the project aims to demonstrate how organic agriculture is a more sustainable farming technology for small farmers. And how reforestation can eventually impact in climate change mitigation. These results can eventually aid in policy formulation and enactment.

What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with businesses?

Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.

Partnerships are crucial to our types of endeavors because our organization boasts of technical and organizational expertise alone. Resources, non-material or otherwise, still has to be sought from various cooperators. And for projects to advance and succeed, multiplicity of efforts are always recognized as necessary.

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The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

It was the historical flooding flooding of Metro Manila in September 2009 and the equally historical poverty experienced by poor farmers in Antipolo, the province being so near Manila, where commerce and trade is in bloom, that led us to actively participate in this project/endeavor.

Tell us about the social innovator—the person—behind this idea.

Mr. Paul Santos is the social innovator behind the project. He has been a church worker for more that twenty years. Having immersed himself with all types of underpriveleged communities- from urban to rural poor, and understanding and realizing the situation of poverty-stricken families. Mr. Santos was led into devicing appropriate technologies that can be easily adapted, less costly and will provide immediate return to all cooperators and actors. Coming from a non-agriculture or -forestry background, Mr. Santos obliged himself to attend trainings and seminars that are related to food production and reforestation.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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Which (if any) of the following strategies apply to your organization or company (check as many as apply)

Policy advocacy to strengthen property rights or increase security of tenure, Legal education and awareness, Developing/applying technology for surveying, mapping and documenting property rights.

Please explain how your work furthers one or many of the above strategies (if you selected “other”, please explain your strategy)

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