Farmer-Scientist Partnership for Development (MASIPAG), established
in 1985, aims at improving the livelihood of small farmers by
increasing their experimental capacity and their access to
production resources. The network has grown to include 450 people's
organizations, 40 non-governmental organizations and 15 individual
scientists that reach out to some 21,000 farmers.
promotes environmentally sound agriculture (e.g. organic farming),
rice and corn breeding and natural resources management. Activities
during the past five years have increasingly included marketing and
related standard-setting, internal organization, technology
diversification and advocacy on international trends such as
biodiversity and bio-safety. The network developed new seed
varieties of rice and corn.
involvement of 225 farmer-trainers has enabled the widespread
diffusion of technologies for organic agriculture. Farmers' net
income increased considerably after the conversion period of 3-5
years, particularly when farmers ventured into crop diversification
or were successful in soil regeneration.
needs declined substantially, enabling farmers to take advantage of
seasonal fluctuations in prices. This contributed to food security
at the household level as farmers did not have to sell the entire
harvest for loan repayment. The health of many families improved,
while women's participation in community management and technology