We, the Farmer Scientist Partnership for Development (MASIPAG Mindanao), Inc. is a farmer- led non-stock non-profit organization working towards the sustainable use and management of biodiversity through farmers’ control of genetic and biological resources, agricultural production and associated knowledge. We are a democratic and republican organization, sovereignty resides in the general membership and all the authority and powers emanates from them.
Our Vision is a just and humane society that is sustainable and where there is a holistic development for the people.
Our Mission is to improve the quality of life of the resource poor farmers.
Our Goal is to support local initiatives of resource- poor farmers and their organizations in establishing sustainable- climate change resilient farm systems, in gaining social and political empowerment by asserting farmer- centered agricultural system, and in confronting threats to food security and sovereignty.
Our Philosophy is to stand for a quality of life among resource poor farmers; for an agricultural systems and research that benefits farmers and rural communities rather than the transnational/ multinational corporations and capitalist traders; and, for PEOPLE FIRST BEFORE PROFIT.
On this belief our principal development approaches anchored:
1. Bottom-up Approach– to secure that the project truly response the needs and aspiration of the community, it must be start at local knowledge and capability of the community and to the resources around them. To safeguard and to make the community fells the ownership of the project, the people themselves lead the project cycle and management.
2. Farmer- Scientists Partnership– to create a farmer centered agricultural system farmer and scientists partnership is central. The demystification of science, both natural science and social science, to the farmer help a lot the farmers to understand the things happening around them, and this is the role of the scientists. Further, to guide the scientists where to begin and what is needed, the farmers must share also their experience, practices, discovery and observation in farming to scientist. Thus in this partnership the technology or system in farming that are develop is locally adapted and sustainable.
3. Farmer-led Research and Development– the current practices of chemical agriculture made farmers excluded in technology development and making them a mere recipients of the technology developed. To reverse the process it requires the farmers to do scientific method/ process. It begins with the problem identification and it ends with a conclusion and this will help farmers to decide concretely. By this doing, proven observations can be use to innovate or develop a technology that is relevant and feasible to the community.
4. Farmer to Farmer Mode of Transfer– the impact of farmers to share his/ her experiences to his/ her fellow farmers it is a very powerful tool of knowledge diffusion. To optimize this strength farmer trainers must be multiplied as prime mover of knowledge transfer.
5. Advocacy Against Issues Affecting Farmers Rights– to build a sustainable resilient communities farmers must stand and fight for their rights, e.g. right to food and right to land.