Naturland is implementing a project in the Philippines that aims to connect consumers and producers and markets to improve farmers’ livelihoods and boost organic farming.
Entitled, “Improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the Philippines by supporting the establishment of trustworthy organic value chains from farm to fork (2021-2024),” the project is currently engaged with at least four pilot municipalities namely Tublay in Benguet, Sibagat in Agusan del Sur, Talisayan in Misamis Oriental, and Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte.
So far, preliminary engagements have been organized with the said pilot municipalities to assess the community situation and explore how the Naturland standard can be harmonized with the local Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) and other systems, policies, and practices in place.
Specifically, the above project aims to achieve the following objectives:
1. Support small-scale producers to get organic certification for improving their livelihoods.
2. Develop a new certification scheme, based on Naturland standards (Naturland Local), tailored to Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)-certified producers.
3. Increase the availability of organic products for consumers in urban and rural contexts. This
will be achieved by educating retailers, hotels, restaurants, catering, and food cooperatives.