Salamat Farms Trust

 

 

We are "in process" of building this site. Our formal launch was scheduled for December 2014. This was delayed over a year through legal complications over our pilot scheme site. Those problems should be resolved in the very near future (2016). We apologise for the delay but there has not been much we could do about any of it. We will completely revamp this site as soon as we can. Much is changing and there is some real progress on the ground. Our area of focus is currently in the upland areas around Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines. We hope you find this site interesting and informative - we welcome constructive suggestions:

 

 

Soil tends to be taken for granted.

Soil is considered one of the world’s limited, non-renewable resources. Under cropland conditions, it takes between 200 and 1000 years for 2.5cm (1 inch) of topsoil to form. 

The continued maintenance of fertile soil is essential in order to meet basic human needs. It underpins the provision of ecosystem services such as food production and climate regulation, and provides the basis of livelihoods for millions of people across the world (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005).

Achieving the goal of land and soil sustainability requires a variety of approaches, and provides an enormous challenge to policy makers, scientists and land users alike. 

It is now accepted that the best way to address the problem of land and soil sustainability is by employing organic methods of integrated farming that foster a much greater variety of crops, livestock, fish and poultry that are all mutually complementary. Whilst individual yields can be small, collectively the yields are up to four times greater per hectare.

All very fair and reasonable but how is that to be implemented by some of the most disadvantaged people? They have no capital to spend, borrowing is limited and there are always other priorities for what little income they do have.