Help us increase farmers income by as much as 400% by sponsoring a grower today and enjoying a discount for 6-months from rice that our grower partners themselves will harvest! To subscribe to the program click here
For many decades, the Filipino rice farmer has lived knowing two familiar cycles: the first is of planting and harvest; the other, a cycle of poverty.
While the first is necessary for his living, we, at FARMVOCACY, believe the other is not.
However, current farming systems continuously conspire to keep the farmer entrenched in a cycle of poverty. Among them:
• High interest rates for farming loans (up to 5%-8% per month; usually through “loan sharks”)
• Low yield on harvest time due to outdated farming practices
• Opportunistic traders who buy the yield below market value
• Influx of imported rice from neighboring Asian countries
• No access to markets where they can sell their produce for profit
With the farmer already living on an average daily wage of just $3, we at FARMVOCACY would like to step up to the plate on the farmer’s behalf; and we invite you to join us by becoming a Farmvocate.
Our intent is to uplift the lives of farmers by improving their means of living. We will make this possible by disrupting the current system and removing the unprincipled middlemen (loan sharks/traders) from the farming cycle. Furthermore, we will make this agricultural reboot sustainable by involving the community.
In this model of Farmvocate - rice subscription and grower sponsorship program – which counts you, rice consumers, and other concerned individuals – directly participate in the FUNDING and PURCHASE of the farmers’ produce through a system of subscription. This guarantees that farmers are fairly funded and their produce bought at a fair price.
In exchange for a Php1,000 cash donation, a Farmvocate will receive 2/kg. discount from our sustainably-grown, high-quality rice for 6 months.
Through implementing a fairer farming system, FARMVOCACY will offer farmers:
• provision of sustainable, certified-organic farm inputs (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) that increase yield by 40%
• training growers climate-smart, environment-friendly and sustainable system of growing rice.
• assist them in securing a guaranteed market for their produce by connecting them directly to consumers.
Our initial beneficiaries will be the rice farmers of Mindoro – an island known for growing the Dinorado rice variant, regarded for its aroma and delicacy. It is also the island where the poorest rice farmers are. Because Mindoro is an island, most of the farmers there pay more for farm inputs and get less for their farm produce. This is because the inputs and harvested rice need to be shipped to and from the main island of Luzon, where the highly urbanized cities are located.
Mr. Bernard Hernando, Farmvocacy Grower Partner from Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro
We are promoting rice subscription! By choosing to subscribe for a minimum of 3-months, it's like buying your family's monthly rice requirement directly from our grower partners, all while uplifting the lives of farmers and their family! This can be the new way of buying your monthly rice for your family.
Your sponsorship of PHP1,000 to a grower partner will allow you to enjoy a 6-months PHP2.0 discount for each kg. you buy during the period. This will guarantee the market for their harvest of our grower partners before they even plant a single seed. This is the essence of Farmvocate Community-Supported Sustainable Agriculture (FCSSA).
Sponsor a farmer and become a Farmvocate today!
Our Tipping Point
We are targeting to support 200 growers and connect them to 4,000 Farmvocates who will provide these farmers guaranteed market for their products and at the same time sponsor Php1,000 in exchange to a special discount for rice bought at Farmvocacy.
This sponsorship fee will go to:
Your sponsorship will go a long way to increase farmers income and remove their dependence on traders who lend them production loans at high-interest rate while buying their produce at a very low price.
Our Stretched Goal
But why stop with our tipping point when we can help more growers. Please help us reach our stretch target of supporting 400 growers and connect them with 8,000 families who will both buy their produce and sponsor.
We are targeting to uplift as many farmers' lives as we can through this campaign.
Help us reach the number of Farmvocates by selecting the subscription model in the link at the top of the page based on your taste and budget. We will send to your email your unique discount coupon code within 24-hours upon receiving your sponsorship so you can start enjoying discounts from our rice brands!
Please help us spread the word by sharing our campaign to your friends and family.
Thank you for your support!
Black rice gets its signature black-purple color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which has potent antioxidant properties.
Mr. Pepito still has a total of 1,639 kg. of black rice left. He is currently looking for twenty seven (27) Farmvocates buying at least one 10kg. per month.
Mr. Bernard still has a total of 820 kg. of Mindoro White Rice left. He is currently looking for five (5) Farmvocates who will buy at least one 25kg. per month.
fluffy, chewy, and rice that is “maalsa”
Mr. Rolly still has a total of 874 kg. of Sinandomeng Rice left. He is currently looking for six (6) Farmvocates who will buy at least one 25kg. per month.