Even as the pandemic continues to expose Philippines’ vulnerability for such crises, the impacts of climate change in the country also continue to worsen. The country’s exposure to natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions increases making the agriculture sector more vulnerable than ever.
Hence the need not just to provide relief, but long-term economic assistance. To assist farmers navigate through the tough times, Tagani Philippines launched the #SupportFarmersPH campaign March this year as mitigation response to the long-term effects of the Covid-19 crisis and other calamities through digital agriculture integrations and partnerships.
Through the generous support of the 45,000-strong Tagani Community, we were able to raise P145,000 in total donations.
The #SupportFarmersPH donations were used for the provision of livelihood aid, seeds, smartphones, and other farm equipment for the farmers of Papandungin Vegetable Farmers Association together with other Bicol and Mindoro partners. The initial turnover of donations was done at the Kadiwa Center in Las Pinas City on Friday, November 20. The event was attended by Tagani CEO Kevin Cuevas, Ramon Policarpio of DA Mimaropa, together with Crispin Sadicon and Jonathan Atilano of Papandungin Vegetable Farmers Association.
“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa Tagani [Community] sa pagsuporta sa aming asosasyon. Malaking tulong po sa amin ang mga seed packs, at mga bagong cellphones para sa pagmo-monitor ng [mga] taniman [namin] sa Mindoro at ng tindahan sa Kadiwa outlet,” said Crispin Sadicon, president of Papandungin Vegetable Farmers Association.
(We thank the Tagani Community for their support for our association. The seed packs are a big help for us, new phones will also help us in monitoring our farms in Mindoro and in managing our Kadiwa outlet.)
Aside from the seeds, smartphones, and other donations, Tagani also provided financial support for their cooperatives through the recently raised #SupportFarmersPH Fund. Tagani also commits long-term support through farmer development and training.
Our partners for growth
Tagani’s #SupportFarmersPH fund was led by the initial grant from the US Mission to ASEAN through the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future and Cultural Vistas with approximately P750,000 (US$15,000). Most of the Funds were used in the research and development of the farm management app and e-commerce platform maintenance.
Meanwhile, in-kind donations also poured in from Globe Telecom who gave smartphones, sim cards, and load cards amounting to almost P440,000 (US$8,800), and East West Seeds Corporation who provided 500+ seed packs, farm inputs, and agricultural resources.
Moreover, individual donations—which increased after typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses affected certain regions in the country—reached up to P145,000 (US$2,900) as of November.
We continue to raise the Fund so we can support more farmers. Please go to tagani.ph/donate to learn more on how to support or go to Tagani.ph to buy products directly from our online store. — Viel Garcia/Tagani