Empowering Small Rice Farmers: The MASIPAG Approach

PAN AP Rice Sheets (August 2009)
29 August 2009


The Green Revolution caused the genetic erosion of traditional rice varieties, poisoned people and the environment, and inflicted economic difficulties on most small-scale farmers. It reduced farmers into no-choice passive recipients of technology and disempowered them. The newly unfolding Gene Revolution is expected to worsen the situation. The approach taken by Philippines-based MASIPAG provides hope in terms of building farmers’ capacities and self-reliance through the organization of farmers and farmer-led development, seed breeding, innovation, and experimentation. The results and impacts of MASIPAG’s work have been outstanding.

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