A family is considered as the basic unit of the society and is the most important social institution that serves as the means of transferring culture from one generation to another. Farm Family Modelling is one of the many interventions of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) which is in partnership with the pillars of extension, the Local Government Units (LGU), State University and Colleges (SUCs), National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Private Sector.
In the aim to provide equal representation and opportunities for each farm family to convene and share their best practices, ATI holds the 2nd Farm Family Congress and this time it is by Island (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao). Each invited family is composed of a father, a mother, and a son/daughter who are all members of Rural Based Organizations (RBOs).
ATI-RTC IX joined the other five (5) Regions (Region 10, 11, 12, 13, and BARMM) in the recently concluded farm family congress with the theme “Farm Family: Key Towards Food Availability, Affordability and Sustainability” on June 18-20, 2019 at the Ritz Hotel, Davao City.
The region’s delegation was composed of three (3) invited families: the Cedenio family from the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the Tambac family of Zamboanga Sibugay, and the Regional Farm Family Awardee, the Eugenio family of Zamboanga City together with their respective LGU coordinator, ATI-RTC IX’s Center Director, Ms. Alicia Rose D. Nebreja, and Regional RBO/4-H Focal Person, Glo Anne N. Darunday.
One of the main highlights of the event was the sharing of success stories and best practices of the regional farm family winners which provided an interactive platform to exchange ideas, discuss strategies and provide deeper understanding on the roles of farm family members towards agricultural development.
Other developmental activities include the break-out sessions with topics on Cacao Production for the fathers, Product Labelling for the mothers, and Value Adding for the youth which paved the way for each of the farm family member to acquire timely and relevant inputs on food availability, affordability and sustainability.
The regional farm families proudly wore costumes and performed in the cultural presentation during the opening night. ATI also allotted a display area for the regions to showcase and to sell the products, and a Farm Tour at Lao Integrated farms Inc. (LIFI) at Davao del Sur served as the culminating activity of the farm family congress.
Farm family has always been a potential response to challenges of meeting food demands in the coming years. We do not need to invent anything new to combat these challenges, instead we just need to realize and recognize the work of men, women, and youth and acknowledge the potential of small farms in achieving food security and eradicate poverty through sustainable food production. We shall farm together, and grow together.