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Low-Income Upland Communities Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: Philippines

Project facilitation by community organizing could have been further enhanced, ifthe roles of all implementers, particularly nongovernment organizations (NGOs), were better defined at thecommencement of the project. More rigorous screening of NGOs is critical.

Sustainable environmental management is possible only when accompanied bysustainable economic development of communities. The project provides a goodmodel for reaching the poorest of the poor through viable economic developmentand sustainable environmental management.

The local application of sloping agricultural land technology (SALT) failed. To ensure sustainability, any farming system to be introduced to indigenous peoples must be adjusted to local conditions andshould have a relatively low maintenance cost.

The project’s success reaffirms the validity of using a holistic approach thataccommodates various priority needs of the people and adopting a participatoryprocess in its planning, design, and implementation. Winning theconfidence of some sections of the Mangyan communities in regard to projectgoals and objectives was a slow process, but they ultimately contributed to theproject’s successful implementation.

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