Groups from the University of the Philippines Diliman and Los Baños campuses are practicing what they preach in assemblies and fora by helping Filipino farmers sell their produce at the right fair trade price.
Global Climate Strike Diliman and the UPLB UNESCO Club have separately set out to help local farmers, challenged by current market issues, by conducting fair trade practices on their respective campuses.
UP Diliman “Bagsakan Farmers Market”
Global Climate Strike Diliman today wrapped up their 2-day Bagsakan Farmers Market at the CASAA grounds held September 26-27.
The UP Diliman Farmers Market enabled farmers to directly sell their sacks of brown/white rice and organic fruits and vegetables to the UP community and campus visitors. Organizers have declared the event a success after the produce were sold out within hours of both days.
Additional orders for sacks of rice were announced to be available on October 30 at the UP Center for International Studies.
The organizers said the farmers and the climate justice network are finding ways to build resilient, farmer friendly, and just communities.
This UP Diliman Bagsakan Farmers Market was organized by the Global Climate Strike Diliman with the Youth for Agroecology,Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, MASIPAG, Bantay Bigas, farmers from Nueva Ecija and San Jose, del Monte under the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, PAN Asia Pacific – PANAP and NNARA-Youth UP Diliman.
UPLB UNESCO Club “Help a Farmer”
The UNESCO Club of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UNESCO Club-UPLB) has set up the “Help A Farmer” initiative that gathers orders for organic rice produce from the farmers of Isabela.
The socio-cultural organization in the state university’s Laguna campus said they created a market for the locally produced rice at the rate of Php35/kg. “in line with the recent issues regarding the drastic decline in the selling price of palay” and as part of their service to the marginalized sectors.
The organization set up an online ordering system and scheduled deliveries and pick up points in Quezon City, Alabang, Calamba, and Los Baños.
UNESCO Club-UPLB reports it has already garnered 2 batches of orders with the first batch of deliveries sent out today. The group says it continues to log orders for the next batch.
Various organizations and individuals have recently launched initiatives to support local farmers, notably the UP Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team, Session Groceries, E-Magsasaka, To Farm Film Festival, celebrity Francis Magundayao with designer Paolo Baltazar.
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