Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Foundation,
Incorporated is a "not for profit and no stock" foundation registered
in the Republic of the Philippines.|
NISARD's mission is to promote, encourage and
provide support for the implementation of sustainable agriculture and rural development on
Negros Island in order to reduce the poverty incidence of small landholders and rural workers.
More than 30% of Negros' population are currently living in poverty.
This translates to 900,000 children and adults.
NISARD's suggestion was to adopt sustainable, organic agriculture and rural development as a means to improve local conditions.
This choice is perceived to provide the best framework for small landholders and farm workers to
wrestle their way out of the poverty spiral. It is founded on extensive
preliminary research and thorough analysis of the current developmental
status of the island.
The two provincial Governments of Negros Island and the Government of
the Republic of the Philippines support NISARD in its pursuit.
Governor Arnaiz (Negros Oriental) and Governor Maranon (Negros
Occidental) recently provided the NISARD Foundation with seed capital to
begin the agricultural revolution which will result in making local
farms profitable, diverse and ecologically sustainable.
|The goal is to transform Negros Island into the "Organic Island of
South East Asia"--the long-term vision of the two Governors--and one Nisard proudly supports.
The foundation will be one of the catalysts to achieve this vision. It will start in small ways,
focusing on promoting local knowledge and farmer's involvement in all
aspects of the agricultural process - from seeds to soil, from processing to marketing.
NISARD will ask the Negros Island people to change attitudes and work
practices and their Government to promote and support that change.
Together we will listen, cooperate and actively involve the rural sector in
bringing about that which is necessary to reduce and ultimately eliminate poverty on Negros Island.
Nisard Inc 2006