Sustainable agriculture promotes diverse and organic-based food crop production, premised on agro-ecological conservation and enhancement. Diversified and Integrated Farming System (DIFS) constitutes the core technological approach in SIBAT’s model of sustainable food production. Its experiences have shown that DIFS proceeds even in rigorous resource-scarce conditions, as in Central Visayas, Philippines, or in highly-chemical based farming systems, as in Central Luzon, Philippines. It flexibly proceeds in stages or phases towards maturation.
Motivated by objectives of self-reliance, sustainable agriculture is based on local or indigenous knowledge of farmers, upon which their capacities and innovativeness in agriculture and in appropriate technology are built. It values and aims to restore and re-enshrine cooperation in the culture of the farming people.
Sustainable agriculture promotes social justice through land resource ownership and control, the empowerment of the disadvantaged groups and sectors, particularly of indigenous people and rural women. Sustainable Agriculture, especially in the hands of communities, consists the best adaption measures of agricultural resilience against climate change that continue to beset rural agricultural production.
DIFS has the following features: