Paghidat Sa Kauswagan Community

Philippines - Agricolture

Paghidaet Sa Kauswagan Development Group (PDG) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1987 that provides support to the local initiatives of rural communities. Its continued community development work over the past two decades have resulted in 42 organizations of small-scale farmers, farm workers and fishers making up at least 1,500 households. These are spread in the mostly upland central and southern parts of the Negros Occidental province on Negros Island. The major food source for these communities are lands distributed through agrarian reform and marginal fishing grounds in the municipal waters that can only be reached by small fishing boats and gears. Farm lands are cultivated for the production of local and traditional varieties such as rice, corn, tubers, vegetables and farm animals. As an active MASIPAG network member in the Philippines, PDG works closely with these farming communities during their conversion to organic farming from the previously conventional sugarcane monoculture, with depleted and infertile soils of the “hacienda system”. Thanks to sustainable organic agriculture, farmers slowly converted the firleds into small but diversified integrated farms producing local and fresh foods safe from chemical contamination for the family and community’s subsistence. Marginal fishing is the farmers’ secondary food source. When farm cultivation activities are still minimal, they go fishing in coastal waters reachable by their small boats and simple fishing tools and gears. An average family of six members are happy to have 3-5 kilograms of fish for additional food for the family, and additional income from selling the rest to non-fisher families in the neighborhood. Traditional and local root crops or tubers serve as a reliable food source during lean months of farming and fishing. These tubers are native taros, local sweet potatos, cassava, peanuts, and native yams.

Activity Area
Negros Occidental province