The importance of Agriculture in the food sustainability and poverty reduction efforts of the Philippines cannot be overemphasized, and the multi-faceted challenges on agriculture demand an ecosystem change that necessitates the participation of all stakeholders in collective action. A recent study has revealed that the majority of Filipino farmers do not wish for their children to pursue farming, and with the average age of Filipino farmers at 53, unless young people are convinced that there is a brighter future in farming, the Philippines will experience a shortage of farmers in the next decade.
Philippine Social Empowerment and Equity Development Foundation (PhilSEED) Inc. is a pioneering nonprofit organization committed to the economic and social prosperity of farmers in the Philippines and their communities through innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships. Its mission is to empower farmers by providing them access to expertise, capital, technology and partnerships. PhilSEED envisions an agricultural system in the Philippines that is sustainable, equitable, innovative and resilient.