Empowering Small Rice Farmers: The MASIPAG Approach
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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