The Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (Farmer-Scientist Partnership for Development; MASIPAG) was born in the 1980s out of a BIGAS Conference—a consultation between farmers and scientists. Since 1987, MASIPAG has grown to be a network of people's organizations, NGOs and scientists led by farmers. The network advocates sustainable development and aims to achieve this through farmers' control of genetic and biological resources, agricultural production and associated knowledge. MASIPAG's mission is to improve the quality of life of resource-poor farmers.
As of 2013, MASIPAG has "563 member peoples’ organizations; 38 NGO partners; 20 church-based development organizations; 15 scientist-partners; 30,000 farmer members in the POs; 3 farmers using MASIPAG seeds, for every farmer-member."
MASIPAG's programs include CIMME (Collection, Identification, Maintenance, Multiplication and Evaluation and Breeding), which have produced numerous varieties of rice and corn. The numbers speak for themselves: MASIPAG has 188 trial farms (maintaining a minimum of 50 traditional rice varieties), 2 national back-up farms, 8 regional back-up farms, 1,313 traditional rice varieties collected and maintained, 1,288 MASIPAG rice, 506 farmer-bred rice, 67 rice farmer-breeders, 12 corn farmer-breeders.
The network has also created 7 flood tolerant varieties, 17 drought tolerant varieties, 19 saline tolerant varieties and 23 pests/diseases-resistant varieties of rice.
The Developing Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems program encourages farmers to go into diversified and integrated farming systems and to espouse organic farming practices. MASIPAG also provides technical support and information on aspects of farming such as alternative pest management, soil fertility management, cropping systems, and diversification and farm integration.
Another program of the network is the Documentation and Dissemination of Farmer Developed/Adapted Technologies or FDATs which makes sure that research is properly applied in the field.
MASIPAG also does local processing and marketing support, education and training, program/project benefit monitoring and evaluation system, network strengthening and consolidation, and linking advocacy among local, national and international groups with similar thrusts.
The MASIPAG website offers free resources on food security and farmer empowerment.
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