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Empowering Farmers in Fighting for Land and Water Rights

Cooperative Development Organisation

Implementing Partners and Organisations

Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka

Period of Implementation

January 2018 - December 2022

Geographic scope

Asia-Pacific: Philippines


$ 315,000
€ 300 000


Bilateral Aid: Sida/Civsam


Agriculture & Fisheries, Rural Development

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Visibility & Dissemination

Project Objectives

The project supports the struggles of rural communities in fighting for their land rights. Specifically, the project has been supporting: (a) the Dumagat people’s ’s right to their ancestral domain which is being threatened by the government plan to build a mega dam that will displace from and destroy the ecosystem of their ancestral land (b) the recovery of land and access to municipal waters grabbed by Marcos-crony, Cojuangco from Palawanen and Malbog people in Bugsuk Island, Palawan and the (c) the defense for land and water rights of small farmers and fishers’ versus the Semirara Coal Power Corporation in Caluya Island, Antique. There are other land rights cases in 10 other farming and fishing communities being supported by the project through its para-legal services. Being implemented by a confederation of family farmers and fishers organizations, the project actively advocates for members’ land rights, right to food, gender equality, and climate justice.

Impact on SDGs

SDG1 - No Poverty
SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG13 - Climate Action
SDG15 - Life on Land

Local stakeholders

Groups of farmers

Key Tags

Conflict, Peace and Security, Inequalities