The Philippines is one of the most climate-vulnerable nations in the world. Containing over 7,000 islands of diverse eco-systems ranging from coastal landscapes to dense tropical forested mountainsides. Rural and peri-urban communities continue to see the largest impacts of the global changing climate. Agriculture is one of the most impacted sectors by the realities of climate change. As weather patterns become more unpredictable, growing conditions dramatically change. Farmers need to regain growing flexibility and plant a wide diversity of crops. Filipino farmers continue to lack access to high-quality technical training programs about local seed production and access to a wide diversity of locally produced, regionally adapted seeds. This forces farmers to purchase chemically -treated seeds and places great economic burdens on farmers spending time and money on unsustainable inputs and farming practices.
Our Solutions Ensures Farmers Success
We offer strategies that allow farmers to end their dependence on unsustainable practices and build economic sustainability.
“ Through my involvement as a farmer with Global Seed Savers and BASS, I have learned the deep importance of seed saving to my organic farming practice. I am honored to be a part of this organization and share this knowledge with my children, this work has changed my life.” - Organic Farmer Cesar Galvey and Vice-President of Global Seed Savers Philippines
In the last three years we have accomplished the following:
Our model is working and gaining traction throughout the Philippines. With your support we will meet the growing demand to offer our signature technical training programs to new partner communities throughout the Philippines and support increased seed production and sales from the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS).
Funds raised during this campaign will support the following strategic initiatives of Global Seed Savers in the coming year:
-Host three additional Seed Schools in new communities of the Philippines.
-Open one new seed library in a new partner community of the Philippines. Ensuring a community of at least 40,000 people have access to locally produced non-chemical seeds.
-Create a network of seed savers throughout the country and supporting sharing and safety back-up of seeds. Ensuring the long-term safety of seeds in the face of climate change.
-Scale the production, marketing, and monitoring and evaluating of BASS member seed production and sales. Funds will support hiring a new team member to manage and monitor this program and support the sales and marketing of larger scale production and varieties of local seeds.
Working to build a robust and farmer-led agricultural economy is one of the most important ways we can ensure a sustainable future. Thank you for supporting our growing movement!