Environmental Awareness Of, By, and For Empowerment of the Manupali Watershed Farming Families
San Hermanigildo Agro-Industrial School; SHAISI; DECS;University of Georgia; Network for Environmental Concerns; Bukidnon Provincial Government; Heifer Project International
Glicerio "Boy" Tan
The SANREM CRSP maintains that community participation is an irreplaceable avenue for appropriating long term changes in sustainable agriculture and natural resources management. To this end, the work plan described in this document chose to start at the grass roots level of the community and assist community members to enhance their capacity for change. This was done using the Environmental and Economic Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture Systems (EEFSAS)
model to enhance awareness of the community human condition, demonstrate optional practices related to sustainable agriculture and natural resource
management, and to assist individuals in realizing the role of the landscape/ Iifescape in making changes.
1. To provide training/forum discussion for farm families and community members which will provide motivation and encourage farmers to adopt sustainable agriculture and natural resource management technologies through the EEFSAS trainings. These seminars or fora would also provide opportunities for community members (farm families) and scientist to reflect on research activities, discussions of relevance, irrelevance, and the future activities. Through these activities, people's perception ofthe "environment" and education needs are assessed and a "sustainable vision" could be elicited. 2. To initiate the creation ofEnlightenment Gardens at SHAISI and potentially in other agroecozones across the landscape in conjunction with on-going SANREM CRSP research activities (Community work, Home gardens, agroforestry, etc.) which engage the farm families - especially upland farm families, to set an example for adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, aquacultural systems, and other farming technologies. 3. To trace the introduction of community organization as the basic development element to generate peoples' participation, awareness, and empowerment and to characterize the evolution of peasant organization according to sectoral lines. 4. To conduct a participatory survey across the landscape to determine the extent of aquatic resources that can possible be harnessed to sustain aquaculture and related farming systems for the purpose of strengthening food security, health and nutritional bases in the community