A coffee farmer in the Central Luzon region, Gina Mangalindan of Brgy. Tala in Orani, Bataan is one of the farmer cooperators partnered under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Integrated Coffee-based Farming System in Brgy. Tala and Pagasa, Orani, Bataan,” which verified and promoted production technologies on coffee, intercropping with other high value crops, and use of organic fertilzers and pesticides, that contributed on the improved coffee production, and increased area planted in the muncipality.

As one of the coffee farmers, Mangalindan learned more about the processes of rejuvenating, contact and nursery growing, as well as intercropping of other commodities such as pineapples, banana, papaya, ginger, and yam. Other interventions given by CPAR included meetings, trainings, and demonstrations that resulted resulting to improved production and income.

“Ang mga magagandang pagbabago sa pagkakape sa aming komunidad ay nagsimula nang dumating ang CPAR. ‘Yung mga nirequest ng mga tao 20 years ago ay binigay po ng four months. May mga abono, pesticide, at organic fertilizers po. Nasundan din po ito ng mga training sa pag-rejuvinate. Tumaas rin po ang income ng mga farmers. Dati po 36 members lang kami pero ngayon, 200 na po ang beneficiaries. From 100 hectares na coffee plantation, naging 1000 hectares na rin po kami. At kung dati 20 to 40 tons ang naaani namin, ngayon po 80 tons na,” she said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Pedro Gelera of Panobolon, a barangay island located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Western Visayas Region, is one of the seaweed growers who partnered with DA-BAR under the project “Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) – Seaweed Culture (Kappaphycus sp.) in Panobolon, Guimaras,” which introduced interventions and alternative technologies on seaweed farming (i.e. seagrass and fish patch).

The CPAR project was instrumental in laying the foundations for farmer cooperators to identify and address farmers' needs and challenges— hence, encouraging the involvement and participation of more individuals, as well as out of school youths, in the province. By utilizing salt development, among others, during the summer season, the income of farmers and fisherfolk increased which enabled them to motorize their boats and upgrade their housing— with 87% of their zone having solar panels and generators.

“Nang dumating ang CPAR, binigyan kami ng mga dagdag na teknolohiya para matugunan ‘yung lean season income ng mga seaweed growers sa amin. Ilan dito ay seaweeds farming, paggawa ng asin, paglagay ng fish patch, at ilang intervention sa seagrass para pandagdag income, Dahil dito, nagkaroon na ng mga bangkang de motor ang ilan sa amin at bumaba rin ang out of school youth ng mahigit 40%. Ang dating asosasyon din na Panobolon Seaweeds Grower Association ay ginawang Unified Fisherfolks Association para mas marami ang makalahok,” he said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Rosay Buta Cubilom from Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte of the Caraga Region is one of the farmer cooperators partnered under the project “Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Program in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte,” which increased the yield of rice, corn, and watermelon in the three barangays of Villafranca, Villaflor, and San Isidro— resulting to their improved production and income.

As mentioned by Cubilom, a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was conducted to assess the needs and challenges of the farmers in the community. Through CPAR intervention, farmer cooperators learned about organic farming, corn-watermelon cropping system, and used the Rice Crop Manager (RCM) decision support tool, among others, which contributed to the improvement of their harvest.

“Dahil sa CPAR, ipinakilala sa amin ang organic farming para bumaba ang gastos sa pagbili ng inputs. Tinuruan din kami ng rice crop manager para sa tamang pag-apply ng pataba at corn-watermelon cropping system para sa magandang ani. Ang net income po ng Brgy. Villaflor sa pagtatanim ng watermelon at mais ay tumaas ng 49%, samantalang ang palay ng Brgy. San Isidro ay umabot ng 3.9 tons per hectare,” she said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Residing in the Western Visayas region, Marilou Catunao from Dumangas, Iloilo is one of the farmer cooperators who adopted the recommended seedlings, fertilization, pest management, and other rice production technologies that were introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Integrated rice - rice - vegetables + native chicken farming systems in Dingle, Iloilo” way back in 2012— which lowered their production costs, thus improved their profitability.

Along with other farmer cooperators, Catunao learned the importance of the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) as an approach that enabled them to take the lead role in appraising their own conditions and identifying solutions that could improve their situations. Through CPAR, they were also given an opportunity to participate in different activities like farmers’ forum and field trips, among others to improve their skills and capabilities.

“Dahil sa CPAR, natuto kami ng rice technology na nababagay sa aming komunidad kaya masagana ang aming ani pero mababa ang gastos. Sa aking 3,000 square meter na lupa, nakapatanim ako ng pechay at nakagastos ng 10,000 pesos. Pero ang aking kita ay mahigit pa sa 30,000 pesos. Ang CPAR ay hindi lamanag nagbigay ng pondo at teknolohiya sa amin kundi nagbibigay rin ito ng mga oportunidad sa aming mga magsasaka,” she said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

Pablo de Castro is one of the farmer cooperators who adopted technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Sugar Apple + Vegetables + Legumes Farming System in Lobo, Batangas." This resulted in an increase in their monthly income making it possible for De Castro to save up for a tricycle.

Upon participating in the CPAR project in 2015— De Castro mentioned that through it, the farmer cooperators of Lobo were offered irrigation which improved the production of sugar apple in their community. Further, by adopting the pruning and vermicomposting practices of the said project, the municipality’s sugar apples tasted sweeter and better; hence, increasing the profit among the involved farmer cooperators of the CALABARZON region.

“Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon nagkaroon po kami ng magandang patubig dahil sa CPAR. Ang amin pong atis dati ay isang pagsasaka lang pero dahil sa patubig na napakaayos, sumasaka na kami ng dalawang ani. Sumarap at tumamis pa ang bunga ng atis dahil sa pag-aalaga naming gamit ang pruning. Mayroon na rin kaming vermicompost na sa kasalukuyan ay aming pinapakinabangan,” he said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.

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