Young Filipino Farmers Embrace their Role in Agri Development

Rudy Concepcion (second from left) with fellow YFFTPJ trainees.

In today’s technologically-driven society, millennials seem to be more inclined to seek jobs in the cityscape. However, a group of young farmers in our countryside are stepping up, hoping to create a revolution by going against the grain and aiming for the sustainable.

Part of this group is 21-year-old Rudy Concepcion II of Cauayan, Isabela. For him, agriculture is key to securing the future of the next generations, despite what other young people might perceive of it.

“Agriculture is one of the foundations of our nation and the lifeblood of our economy. If there is no agriculture, we are nothing. Life is secured in agriculture and the earlier we train our youth on farming, the better,” he said.

Rural Development on the Line: MPM-RD to Produce More Graduates, Train More Scholars

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The Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPM-RD) is an 18-month scholarship program that seeks to foster the rural development initiatives in the Philippines. The program scholars are permanent employees from three major rural development-oriented government agencies namely: Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Agriculture (DA). Scholars are purposefully selected to stand as informed development managers who will help in decision-making for an efficient implementation of countryside development.

The MPM-RD employs a blended learning approach that combines the traditional face-to-face sessions with online learning. Its courses are tailored-fit to answer the needs in rural development, fully equipping its scholars with leadership skills in this area.

A Step Towards Healthy Living

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Dr. Albert Jo, a medical doctor, established the “Rapha Valley” with the intention of sharing the benefits of good food and nutrition to health.

Rapha Valley is a 7.5 hectare farm situated in a valley-shaped terrain. It was turned into an organic farm, food hub and tourist destination that aims to impart the ideas and principles of proper nutrition for better health. Dr. Jo personally tours the visitors around his farm using the “Point-Explain-Cut-Taste-Explain” method where he lets the guests to see, feel, smell, and taste the herbs and plants. The farm also have simple cottages known as casitas for visitors who wish to extend their stay in the farm.

Live to Tell- A Compilation of Farmers Success Stories in ATI RTC IV-A

Live to Tell

"Live to Tell- A Compilation of Farmers Success Stories" by the ATI RTC IV-A is a remarkable leap that finally highlights the efforts of Agricultural Training Institute in building dreams and transforming the life of its clients.

There are 22 inspiring stories compiled in this book mostly written by the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center staff from the Local Government Units and by some staff of the ATI–RTC IV-A. They are also ATI's active extension partners for so many years. This book showcases the different experiences of the Magsasaka Siyentista or farmer-scientists, Local Farmer Technicians (LFTs) and Outstanding 4-H Club Members who have been trained by ATI in the CaLaBaRZon region.

Manic for Organic: The Victor Neal O. Palarca Success Story

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 Defying most conventional beliefs on agriculture and challenging traditional farming system, he dared to demonstrate that growing food and eating them fresh in one’s backyard can be done---regardless of location and circumstances.

Defying most conventional beliefs on agriculture and challenging traditional farming system, he dared to demonstrate that growing food and eating them fresh in one’s backyard can be done---regardless of location and circumstances.

Testing the Waters

NMRice: Increasing Farmers’ Production Yields, Net Benefits through Field-Specific Nutrient Recommendations


New ideas and technologies spread differently across cultures.  As stated in Everett Rogers’ book Diffusion of Innovation, there are four main elements that influence this process: the innovation, communication channels, time, and social system.  As such, adoption of a new technology significantly depends on the dynamics of these elements.

Here in the Philippines, persuading agriculture and fisheries stakeholders to implement new production technologies is the foremost dilemma of agricultural extension workers (AEWs), especially so if these significantly alter the farmers’ current practice.  Although younger, educated, risk-oriented farmers as well as community leaders are easier to sway than the older and very conservative ones.  Generally, their decisions are influenced by peers and actual results that could show them the benefits.

Farming in its simplest form – The Pat Acosta Success Story

Pat Acosta, A Pioneer in Organic Farming in Benguet (photo by Ben Natividad)

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - Pat Acosta can be considered a peculiar farmer.

This statement can be a little bit exaggerated but no one can deny that he is one of the pioneers in the emergence of organic agriculture in the province of Benguet. If one examines the methods he uses in his farming it may be as he terms it “going back to the basics of agriculture,” where farming shouldn’t be as complicated as it may seem now. Organic farming according to Acosta can be described as simple farming, no need for chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides and all you need to worry about is the health of your soil.

Going against the conventional

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