According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at least 25% of the remaining terraces in the Cordillera are now abandoned and the indigenous culture of community rice production is disappearing.
The ADOPT A TERRACE Program is an intervention initiative to address this crisis through the farmers associated with the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project. Your donation of US$100 or P5000 to the Adopt-a-Terrace program will help project participants reclaim abandon terraces lands. It will allow farmers to:
- Reclaim terraces that have been abandoned due to lack of labor or the capital needed to pay for labor;
- Increase available farmland and augment farmers’ income by increasing production;
- Reclaim family land that has been pawned;
- Begin farming in their own right.
For more information on adopting a terrace, please download our Adopt-a-Terrace brochure.
Read Sally D.’s (photo top right) documentation on rehabilitating her family’s terrace through the Adopt-A-Terrace program.