Transition Philippines is a social, environmental and grassroots enterprise that promotes change by empowering urban & rural communities in the Philippines towards a more equal and sustainable way of living.
The organisation was created 5 years ago by Ms. Julie Viloria. After more than 30 years working and living around the world while active in community development for the World Bank, she wants to give back to her own community in the Philippines.
In order to establish transition in society, we believe it is necessary to change the system on different levels at the same time; it is not enough just to tackle what is visible at the surface. Therefore, the last 5 years (and more to come) we have been involving children, farmers, local municipalities, barangays, communities, people in slums and urban dwellers. We want to show that it is possible, easy, fun, cheap and healthy to grow your own food, live sustainable and be resilient.
We have a grassroots orientation. Through our backgrounds in economic and social transition and in permaculture we are able to identify and address core problems which arise from the dis-empowerment of communities, un-sustainable agricultural practices and poor diet.
We focus on social and economic empowerment. We believe that true sustainability is gained by creating programs that are not permanently dependent on external funding but that become self-financing and profitable to producers.
There is a looming planetary crisis in the provision of energy and food, degradation of natural systems and climate change, lack of basic services and employment, severe social inequalities and alienation alongside hyper consumerism. The economic and power structures built to promote this unsustainable situation are nearing collapse. There is an urgent need to develop alternatives. At Transition Community Initiative Philippines (TCIP), we believe there are significant opportunities to address and change these issues which lie at the intersection of the interests of community, industry, the nonprofit sector and the government.
The current industrial agricultural model is completely dependent on external energy sources, specifically oil and gas, guaranteeing that it will not only pollute the Earth but also be short-lived. In permaculture systems, by contrast, all the energy needed by the system is provided by the system. It is vital that society moves away from commercial agriculture, where land is a commodity and high-energy inputs are required, not only to protect the Earth but also to have a stable social order. According to the global report of IAASTD, "it is time to fundamentally rethink the role of agricultural knowledge, science and technology in achieving equitable development and sustainability. The focus must turn to the needs of small farms in diverse ecosystems and to areas with the greatest needs. This means improving rural livelihoods, empowering marginalized stakeholders, sustaining natural resources, enhancing multiple benefits provided by ecosystems, considering diverse forms of knowledge, and providing fair market access for farm products."
According to the 2013 UN report, "the required transformation is much more profound than simply tweaking the existing industrial agricultural system. Rather, what is called for is a better understanding of the multi-functionality of agriculture, its pivotal importance for pro-poor rural development and the significant role it can play in dealing with resource scarcities and in mitigating and adapting to climate change. However, the sheer scale at which modified production methods would have to be adopted, the significant governance issues, the power asymmetries' problems in food input and output markets as well as the current trade rules for agriculture pose considerable challenges."
The required changes suggested by the report are: increasing soil carbon content and better integration between crop and livestock production, and increased incorporation of trees and wild vegetation; Reduction of direct and indirect (i.e. through the feed chain) greenhouse-gas emissions of livestock production; Reduction of indirect emissions through sustainable peatland, forest and grassland management; Optimization of organic and inorganic fertilizer use, including through closed nutrient cycles in agriculture; Reduction of waste throughout the food chains; Changing dietary patterns towards climate-friendly food consumption; Reform of the international trade regime for food and agricultural products.
This crisis in agriculture is accompanied by a crisis in health, much of which relates to poor diet among the populations in both developed and developing countries. Overall lack of food is now being temporarily replaced by the problems of unhealthy food, leading to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, among other diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippines is one of the world’s emerging diabetes hotspots. Ranked in the top 15 in the world for diabetes prevalence, Philippines is in 2010 home to more than 4 million people diagnosed with the disease – and a worryingly large unknown number who are unaware they have diabetes. This number is increasing each year.
By far the highest causes of death in the Philippines are Cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, which are directly linked to poor and imbalanced nutrition. The 2011 Global School-based Health Survey also shows that about 13% of adolescents in the Philippines are overweight and obese.
Combined with the upcoming global crisis in food production, this shows the necessity to transition to a healthy and sustainable way of life.
TCIP is responding to these required changes by promoting the advantages in organic farming in urban and rural settings through their showcase farms and learning center in the rural area of Laur, and through their organic markets, workshops and events in Manila.
Good Food Community
The Good Food Community is about changing the Philippine food chain by directly connecting farmers and urban dwellers through Community Shared Agriculture. Through a weekly organic vegetable delivery service in Manila, the urban dweller becomes a co-producer by pledging to support farmers for a fixed period enabling them the security of a stable demand despite market and environmental risks. In return they are given fresh, organic, seasonal shares of the harvest every week for that period. The idea is to grow a sustainable society that nourishes everyone— the urban dwellers, the farmers, the land and generations to come.
In order to sell all our tasty, organic produce, we organise bimonthly Organic Sunday Markets in Quezon City. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 11am to 5pm, both at Green Daisy Organic, 20 Maginhawa.
Read more at www.goodfoodcommunity.org
Our rural farms both produce organic food ánd are permaculture demonstration sites and training centers. Here we train local farmers to transition to organic farming. We employ ecological design, ecological engineering and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modelled from natural ecosystems.
In addition, we offer eco-tourism – farm to table experiences. Among other activities, this experience will take people to visit different farms, live like Robinson Crusoe on a deserted island, ride horses through the country side, relax by the pool and learn all about organic farming and permaculture.
Read more at www.gaiagardensph.com
Joy of Urban Farming
Learn more about Joy of Urban Farming at www.facebook.com/joyofurbanfarming
Nu Wave Farmers
Learn more about Nu Wave Farmers at www.facebook.com/nuwavefarmers
Asian Solidarity Economy Council Inc
Learn more about Asian Solidarity Economy Council Inc at www.facebook.com/Asian-Solidarity-Economy-Council-Inc
Learn more about UP Planades at planades.com
Learn more about TIGRA at transnationalaction.org
Learn more about Cabiokid Foundation at cabiokid.org
Philippines Permaculture Association
Learn more about Philippines Permaculture Association at seapc2015.com
WE CAN Worldwide
WE CAN Worldwide is an organization of professionals working to facilitate community-based solutions to local and global challenges.
Read more at www.wecanworldwide.com
New Synergies and Development
NSD is a Think Tank and discussion forum in search of humane but effective ways out of the fossil fuel economy and into future ways of life that are truly satisfying and enjoyable for all and that synergises with and maintains the biosphere. A retreat from ‘Progress’ and ‘Development’, harnessed to the accumulation of wealth (nowadays ‘Consumerism’) that has been the core value of our society for the past 200 years is now inevitable over the coming decades. We can, however, focus on what we want to see at the end of the process and how we can get there avoiding as far as possible pain and false passages.
Read more at www.newsynergies.ch