Testimonies from Looc, Romblon

As the president of the Irrigators Association and organizer of the Organic Vegetable Growers Association, Roberto Guevarra from Brgy. Punta is one of the farmer cooperators partnered under the project “Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on Organic Lakatan-based Farming Systems in Looc, Romblon” that provided the farmers with interventions on the application of organic inputs (e.g. vermicompost, Effective Microorganism Activated Solution (EMAS), molasses), intercropping of papaya, and establishment of windbreaks which improved their production; hence, increasing their income.

With the goal of demonstrating the package of technology for tissue-culture lakatan and of developing a sustainable supply of organic banana, the said CPAR project contributed in the development of the farmers’ area into that of an agri-tourism site which improved the farmer cooperators’ livelihood.

All of these were initiated thru CPAR, one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through mature and relevant technologies. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level to scale out for widespread adoption.