Testimonies from Misamis Occidental

Nena Pabingwit is one of the corn farmer cooperators in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental who adopted corn-based farming systems technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Corn-based Farming Systems in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.”

Along with other farmer cooperators, Pabingwit learned which interventions and technologies are appropriate to their needs and location through the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)– an approach which enabled them to take the lead role in appraising their own conditions and identifying solutions that could improve their situations. With PRA as part of the research process, the farming communities were able to analyze, plan, and act on the problems they have identified.

“We acquired farm equipment and facilities and gained strong support from LGU leaders. Nag-increase rin ang aming seed money from Php 250,000 to Php 574,000. At kung dati 20 lang kaming farmers, ngayon 127 na,” she said.

CPAR is one of the DA-BAR's banner programs that aims to empower farming and fishing communities through information-based decision-making. Utilizing the community-based approach, CPAR is geared toward verifying the technical and economic feasibility of mature technologies in specific locations and at the farmers’ level prior to widespread adoption.