Industry Strategic Science and Technology Plans (ISPs) Platform

Coconut-Based Intercropping with Banana and Corn as Livelihood Options for Communities in Brgy Camansihay, Tacloban, Leyte: An S&T Community-Based Farm (STCBF) Approach

The proposed project will try to demonstrate the effectiveness and benefits of the technologies on improving farm productivity through organic farming in Yolanda-affected communities, particularly in one barangay of Tacloban City, Barangay Camansihay, the communities of which were severely affected by the calamity. The opportunity for the success of the project is that the biggest owner of the land, Mr. Palami, is providing the land resource to community settlers in the barangay to implement the coconut-based organic farming so that they themselves will have to earn their income from the land resource. In addition, another support to this community is the presence of an NGO which is supporting and helping the community organize themselves and supporting the needs of the people’s organization. On the other hand, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) provided support through the provision of coco seed nuts for the replanting and rehabilitation of the typhoon-damaged coconut areas.

In addition, technical support in various ways will also be afforded in order to properly manage the production areas. The activities will include organizing and strengthening coconut farmers in Brgy. Camansihay of Tacloban City. It will also involve training, skills development, product development, marketing, and promotion. Exposure and educational trips to other organic farms and visits to various private and public agencies who provided value-adding services, networking and market establishment, acquire knowledge on business management and farm productivity, coordination to agencies supporting the project especially technical experts. The monitoring and evaluation and documentation must be done as an integral part of management.