The Mahayahay Farmer’s Organization (MAFO), an organization of small-scale organic farmers in Barangay Malaya, Banga, South Cotabato has caught the attention of the Department of Agriculture and Local Government Units with their climate-resilient farming practices, which feature crops and livestock integration, upland rice, vegetables, root crops, and organic product marketing.
Just recently, the Regional Office (Region 12) of the Department of Agriculture has awarded MAFO with a half million-worth project in support to their existing programs and advocacy.
MAFO is a member-organization of Agro-Eco Philippines since 2004. Its leader, Mr. Edmar Villanueva, sits in the provincial organic agriculture body of South Cotabato and also heads the Provincial Consultative Team (PCT) of Agro-Eco Philippines in the same province. http://www.masipagmindanao.org/blog/masipag-mindanao-become-agro-eco-philippines/
MAFO is also working with the Provincial Committee on Agriculture Chaired by Board Member Romulo Solivio in promoting organic agriculture and in opposing GMOs, aerial spraying, and the on-going large-scale coal mining explorations of Daguma-Agro Minerals in Barangay Ned, Municipality of Lake Sebu, a watershed and a prime agricultural bowl of the province.