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100,119

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Created in 2013, this project aims at the following objectives:
  • Improve cultivation conditions, in particular water management, for the production of sugarcane, which is very water-consuming.
  • Provide shade and wind protection to banana plantations.
  • Strengthen local nutrition systems, and diversify farmers’ revenues through fruit production and sale.
  • With the establishment of new nursery, strengthen the role of women in leading and managing the nursery.

 

I am always confident carrying the name of PUR Projet and Alter Trade because I know the project has been a great help for the farmers producers. It’s very self-fulfiling to see to active participation and interest from farmers to the project.” – Joven Mosquera, technician

 

Location

Negros Island, Philippines

Type

Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

Alter Trade Corporation

Participants

160 Organic and fair trade farmers of sugar cane and bananas

Achievements

100 119 planted trees

supply chain

Fruits and Vegetables , Sugar Cane

Local partner

Alter Trade Corporation was created in 1987 in the Negros Island, Philippines, in which the sugar cane cultivation occupies 85% of the lands. More than 800 small sugar cane producers benefit from it; they received the lands thanks to an agrarian reform and cultivate them collectively. Alter Trade enables them to have a stable and decent income while they are in charge of transforming sugar thanks to their own mills and selling the product through direct exportation.

Alter Trade Corporation provides technical assistance to farmers on methods of organic production for sugarcane and bananas, but also on the development of vegetable gardens, rice farming, pig and chicken breeding,… and thus helps small farmers diversify their income and secure their food sovereignty. Agroforestry is part of this mission.

Plantation models

Species planted

Acacia Mangium - Acacia mangium

Acacia Mangium – Acacia mangium

Neem - Azadirachta indica

Neem – Azadirachta indica

Canopy at Kilohana Park Wailea, Maui - Credit: Forest & Kim Starr - Plants of Hawaii - Image licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, permitting sharing and adaptation with attribution.

Swietenia mahagoni

Jackfruit - Arto carpusus

Jackfruit – Arto carpusus

participants

Participants are fair trade and organic farmers of sugarcane and bananas, members of the Alter Trade cooperative. Most of them are former sugarcane plantation workers who organized and lobbied to obtain land through agrarian reform. They own an average of 1 ha per person. However, as they have always been farming collectively, they formed farmers’ organizations and mainly continue to cultivate their cane fields collectively. Most of them are young and have been in school until the end of the primary – they have never traveled outside of Negros, even outside their region, except to go to Bacolod.

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