Families as caretakers of upland areas
The Department of Agriculture will designate families as caretakers of upland areas where they can cultivate an assigned area and earn from doing so.
Under the DA’s Family-Based Agro-Forestry Program, families will be encouraged to plant crops in the upland area, with farm inputs provided by the government. As caretakers, the DA will compensate these families while having full access to food supply from planting these areas.
This program is part of the DA’s response to the biggest threat to food production – El Nino and La Nina, which have been alternately thumping food production globally.
The DA has been putting in place adaptation strategies to cushion of impact of extreme weather phenomenon. Tapping families as caretaker of upland areas will make these lands productive and provide food for the farmers.