Farmers are inherently the most important stakeholder for the betterment of our agriculture system. Yet, this key actor, especially smallholder ones, are oftentimes excluded from the system. In fact, smallholder farmers hold the key to sustainable productivity solutions with their knowledge and wisdom.
Farmers resilience and welfare are among the most important factors we depend to have foods. Without their wellbeing, resilience can be far from reach. In this age of increasing uncertainty, introducing innovation will complement farmer’s wisdom to be more resilience. Through empowerment for innovation, our farmers can acknowledge the existence of choice, able to use it, and have the achievement out of it.
Therefore, empowering the smallholder farmers is seen the most important investment for a better food and agriculture system. Still, challenges exists to make the empowerment works. In this research of farmer’s empowerment, we aim to build a viable strategy to help farmers obtain a better skill to produce food. We strive to equip the farmers with a skill set of best sustainable agriculture practice.
Our ongoing research is conducted jointly with Blue Forests (BF) – a non-profit organization with a vision of providing a healthy environment to create resilient communities in critical watershed systems. It includes in a wetland-mangrove ecosystem, which is also TJF focus of landscape within suboptimal lands.
One of the BF’s initiatives is called Coastal Farmer School or CFS that aims to facilitate the farmers to identify and address the problem they face. In our collaboration, we measure how CFS can be leveraged for a sustainable livelihood. In a longer term, we look forward to understand further the interaction between farmers and their surrounding for a sustainable management of the coastal area.