Testimonies from Western Visayas Region

Albert Geral, a farmer cooperator on rainfed rice from the Western Visayas region, adopted rice-based farming systems technologies introduced under the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project “Rice-based Farming System for Rainfed Areas Towards Farmers’ Productivity Enhancement in San Lorenzo, Guimaras," which increased the farm productivity and income of farmers.

Along with other farmer cooperators, Geral learned which technologies and interventions are appropriate to their needs and location through the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)— an approach which was practiced in the barangays of Cabano and Igcawayan in San Lorenzo, Guimaras as a way to identify problems such as insufficient water supply, low production, lack of farming capital inputs, and pests and diseases infestation. With PRA as part of the research process, the farmer cooperators were able to analyze present community situations; hence, recommending use of technology interventions such as water saving or harvesting thru the small water impounding.

“Pinaalam sa amin ng CPAR ang mga bagong teknolohiya sa pagsasaka at binigyan din kami ng mga bagong binhi at pataba. At dahil rainfed kami, nagpapasalamat po kami sa CPAR dahil sa binigay nilang small water impounding. Dahil diyan, tumaas po ang kita namin at nakabili na kami ng lupa para pagtayuan ng center house ng aming association,” he 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.