Sowing Peace Through Organic Farming for Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood in Conflict-Ridden Communities (81329)

Session Information: Peace and Conflicts
Session Chair: Haezreena Begum Abdul Hamid

Sunday, 26 May 2024 10:20
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study determines the nexus between conflict, peace, food security, and sustainable livelihood. It is descriptive, qualitative research using a triangulation method such as key informant interview, focus group discussion, and participatory rural appraisal involving the Moro National Liberation Front and Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel returnees- beneficiaries of the From Arms to Farms program in Kauswagan and neighboring communities in Lanao del Norte, Philippines. The program has a unique approach to peacebuilding and rebuilding communities in conflict from the Disarmament Demobilization Rehabilitation process due to its “no disarming” strategy and sustainable agriculture as a platform for sustainable peace and development. Thus, the program fights poverty through farms, not firearms. The institutionalization of organic farming by the local government has promoted community organizing, capacity building, peacebuilding, resource mobilization, and empowerment of local communities. Rebel returnees were provided with livelihood and support services, which resulted in improved family income and overall livelihoods. It also ensures a sufficient, nutritious food supply and available food choices for their families and community. It has encouraged continuous learning and knowledge sharing on sustainable agriculture and technology transfer. Rebel returnees were transformed into self-reliant and resilient farmer entrepreneurs and leaders by example in organic farming. The From Arms to Farms program has brought about positive transformations in the lives of rebel returnees, their families, and their communities. Food security and improved rural livelihoods in communities contribute to mitigating and preventing conflicts and securing sustainable peace and development.

Grace Taruc, Mindanao State University, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Dr GRACE TARUC is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Mindanao State University in Philippines

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