Most Indigenous Peoples live in the peripheries of our nation. Historically they live in lowlands but as colonization and migration spread in the Philippines, they gave and sold their land to migrants and started moving uplands. Indigenous peoples at present are living in the peripheries.In this time of crisis on COVID-19, they are not directly affected to the spread of the pandemic but the effect on their livelihood as vulnerable sectors is still very considerable. Followings are common factors that affects these Indigenous farmers:
- Decrease in their income due to lockdown of stores and markets. Farmers commodity are either sold in lower price or left damage unsold.
- Lockdowns and community quarantines decrease the production of food supply. These increases prices of food commodities. Although farmers are known to plant their own food, but the reality at present is that most of upland farmers buy rice and instant food products at markets and stores for their daily food needs.
Most of upland farmers are considered as in the situation of survival stage, there income is below or just enough to buy food needs. They had no buffer for any situation that might strikes them. They are vulnerable to any calamities or pandemics that strikes the country.Targeted communities are all in Mindanao.This villages already accessed previous support on Sustainable Agriculture Program.
Our target is to provide 10 kilos of rice and 5 sachet of vegetable seeds for 100 farmers in 2 villages.
Your $1 or Php50 support can buy 1 kilo rice or 1 sachet of vegetable seeds. Your
support will go directly to the farmers in need. The Sustainable
Agriculture Program already pays the salary of the team and may also
provide all traveling expenses to this villages.
Initially target communities are the 2 Villages of Sinuda Kitaotao Bukidnon with 100 farmer residents.
Sitio Salalayan - 70 Farmers
Sitio Paguyuron - 30 Farmers
Thank you for your generosity and May God shower more blessings to your family....
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