Deploying Social Design techniques to bridge capacity gap in farmers.

SEAOIL Foundation launched the Organic Family Farm Toolkits with LOAMC Mayors and national agencies. The kits are meant to help mayors scale the organic family farm program in their barangays. These kits are deigned to facilitate engagement towards learning and output. Inspiring to see these passionate mayors working hard to address social inequities.
There were MAO’s and local government execs that were promising they will deploy 50 family farms in their towns to engage families against hunger. The NOAB was very interested to partner with us toward a policy research.

Jess Lorenzo: When I spoke, I also shared two key learnings from the data we gathered from participating LGU’s. These were from the baselining of the metrics and roadmaps.

1. We need to ask ourselves how the family farm is addressing hunger.
We need to establish agreed measures and work towards a narrative of how these ecologically strengthened farms serve as a powerful initiative in solving hunger in the rural communities.
From the 31 farms that were monitored in the cohort, there was a common impact of increased income with the participating farmers according Dr. Vic Tagupa.
Although this is good, we also need to be able to see the causal relationship of the family farms and the mitigation of hunger in the communities we engage.

2. On the governance roadmap, there is a need to establish more grounded plans on disaster resiliency within an Agriculture context.
During our initial baselining, our team found that many of the disaster and resiliency plans are cursory and not fully aligned with agriculture. Municipalities need to ground these Disaster Mitigation and Resiliency strategies in order to improve the sustainability of the family farms and Agriculture systems.

Congratulations to the AELPG team and Fennel for simplifying a complex model.

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