Last 24 Hours of Campaign
May 17, 2017
BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF ENCA FARM
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2017
Friends of ENCA, is a small and mighty international effort committed to supporting education, cultural preservation and food security in the Philippines. More than 2 billion people in the world including the majority of the Philippines relies on food that is produced from smallholder farmers, those who farm less than 2 hectares. However, today three major bio chemical companies own the majority of the seeds in the world…not farmers. Often, much of this engineered seed is dedicated to industry crops such as soy, ethanol, cotton and tobacco, instead of food for families. By empowering smallholder farmers, we can further the sustainable food supply revolution. Through education and cooperative community empowerment, farmers can begin to return to the historical practice of saving seeds. This ensures they are no longer dependent on purchasing seeds after each planting and forced to use harmful chemicals to grow their food.
In 2016, we launched a comprehensive farmer education and training program to assist a budding group of model organic smallholder farmers in the Philippines to return to the historical practice of saving their own seeds. This core group of farmers has now grown into an official association, The Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS). The number of members has increased each season and now represents multiple Municipalities in the region. Through Friends’ education and training programs, farmers gain the hands-on skills and knowledge they need to propagate, store, save, and sell their own regionally adapted organic seeds. Friends’ is in a unique and exciting stage of expansive organizational growth due to its noted success and popularity with participants. The current need for increased funding support will directly expand existing programs that have proven effective in target communities.
The initial seed trials conducted in 2016 by participating pilot farmers demonstrated positive economic and environmental effects. Farmers participating in the program reported saving 10% increase in their annual earnings in 12 months as a result. These farmers were provided simple but critically effective support including: access to a seed library and community environmental education program with technical support that promotes using organic, appropriate seeds that are notably more responsive to the local climate and terrain. Locally produced seeds yield hardier, more delicious crops. When seeds are grown, saved, and replanted in a particular location year after year, remarkable adaptations develop.
This annual crowd funding campaign will enable the new members of the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS) to build improved and more climate-resilient facilities on their farms and support our on-going Seed Schools and Farmer Capacity Building Programs with new partners throughout the Philippines.
Donations of any size will help ensure these transformative programs can continue. Thank you for your generosity!
$25- Will buy seed saving supplies for one farmer.
$50- Will enable one farme to attend Seed School.
$100- Will provide education materials to 5 farmers about seed saving.
$200- Will fund an expert trainer for educational programs.
$500- Will fun hosting a Seed School in a new region of the Philippines.
$1000- Will enable one farmer to re-build a damaged greenhouse to support seed production.