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Empowering Women in Agriculture: A Step Towards Sustainable Farming in the Philippines

In a symbolic celebration of empowerment and progress, the Philippine Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) joined hands with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 2 to mark the culmination of a transformative journey for women leaders in agriculture. The event, held on March 19, 2024, at the Lopez Integrated Farm in Buenavista, Gamu, Isabela, was a testament to the dedication and resilience of women at the forefront of sustainable farming practices.

The occasion marked the successful completion of a Training of Trainers on Climate Smart Agriculture and Farm Entreprenuership aimed at capacitating women farmer leaders from Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Vizcaya and Bukidnon provinces. These leaders underwent intensive training on climate-smart farming techniques, farm management, and agripreneurship. Through a series of online lectures facilitated by various partner organizations, these women were equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the challenges posed by climate change while maximizing agricultural productivity and fostering entrepreneurship in rural communities.

Ms. Sheila Orpilla, DA RFO 02 GAD Focal Person, emphasized the pivotal role of women in the agricultural sector. "Let us help boost our agriculture here in the Philippines", she urged. Gone are the days when women were confined to household roles. Today, we see women taking center stage in agriculture, contributing significantly to production and other related activities.

The event drew representatives from a diverse array of partner organizations, including the Office of the Provincial Agriculture of Isabela, DA RFO 02, SMART Communications, and Cargill Philippines, Isabela State University, East-West Seed Foundation, and Aboitiz Foundation. The presence of stakeholders from across the agricultural spectrum underscored the collaborative effort and shared commitment to advancing sustainable farming practices in the region.

As the agricultural sector continues to grapple with the complex challenges posed by climate change and economic uncertainties, initiatives like the Training of Trainers program serve as beacons of hope and progress. By investing in the empowerment of women in agriculture, stakeholders are not only fostering gender equality but also laying the foundation for a more sustainable and prosperous future for rural communities.

Originally published: DA RFO 02 Institutional Development Unit, March 21, 2024

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