trees planted


Recognized as a strong empowerment model for sugar cane and banana producers of the Philippines, Alter Trade corporation also develops along with PUR Projet a tree planting project with farmers, aiming at the development of a community and sustainable forestry.

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.

The action of ATC benefits today to 223 sugarcane farmers, spread over 6 farmers’ organizations, who received land following an agrarian reform and now cultivate it collectively or individually.


Negros Island, Philippines


Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

Alter Trade Corporation


Organic and fair trade farmers of sugar cane and bananas

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.

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

More information


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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pdf 2014 Progress report