Supporting Organic Osmeña 2020
Aug 29, 2017
The delegation from the NOAH Social Innovation Foundation, on stage alongside mayors and senior officials from several agencies.
On August 22nd, 2017, the Organic Osmeña 2020 Festival (the launch event for a project to convert all local agricultural production to organic farming by 2020) was held in the municipality of Sergio Osmeña Sr., Zamboanga del Norte, in northwestern Mindanao. This region was also once home to President Duterte.
Among those present were mayors from eight municipalities, high-ranking officials, such as Committee on Agriculture and Food chair Senator Cynthia Villar and Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos, from the Department of Tourism, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor and Employment, and TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Philippines), as well as a delegation from the NOAH Social Innovation Foundation, and Mr. Tadashi Izumi from Japan. Together with 700 organic farmers from 39 regions, the assembled dignitaries discussed the significance of organic farming (farming without the use of agricultural chemicals), and highlighted the importance of continuing to promote and spread this practice.
The festival grounds erupted with applause when Mr. Martin salvador, COO (Chief Operations Officer) of Ark Systems Technology Holdings (the company that handles technological development for the NOAH Social Innovation Foundation), announced that: 1) local farmers would be presented with agricultural equipment donated by the NOAH Social Innovation Foundation in support of their organic farming efforts; 2) development would begin on GrowCart, a revolutionary app that will connect farmers with supermarkets, restaurants, and consumers; and 3) the economic activities of farmers would be supported with the use of blockchain technology and NOAH COIN wallets.
After that, a ceremony was held to mark the signing of an agreement that will see the NOAH Social Innovation Foundation develop and provide GrowCart, and Ark Systems Technology Holdings handle the day-to-day operations of the app, both in support of the Organic Osmeña 2020 initiative. The delegation from the NOAH Social Innovation Foundation and Mr. Tadashi Izumi were also invited by Representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos and the group of mayors to a gathering on the night before the festival, where they forged deeper connections through discussion of the issues facing agriculture in the Philippines, as well as what more could be done to support farmers in the future.