March 20-21, 2016

at Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA at UP Los Baños, Laguna)


Conference Program

The conference aims to bring together a diversity of stakeholders primarily from the grassroots farming community together with professionals and leaders from academia, non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies and policy makers, whose goals and activities support the sustainability of small & family farmers and encouragement of new & beginning farmers. The conference aims to strengthen collaborations and partnerships among stakeholders, and will provide an opportunity to share new ideas in research, extension, and outreach that aim to build resilient farming systems and the quality of life within communities. 

The conference will have plenary sessions, poster, exhibits and success stories presentation. 

 *** FINAL PROGRAM will be posted soon ***

Keynote Speaker

Senator Cynthia Villar is the  Chairperson of Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development. 

A family farm owner herself and big supporter of agriculture and farmer-oriented endeavors, Senator Cynthia Villar is the keynote speaker for our 1st Small & Family Farmers; New & Beginning Farmers Conference. Listen to her as she talk to us about “Mobilizing our small & family farmers; new and beginning farmers for food security,

sustainable tourism and rural development”; the central theme of this year's conference.

Learn More About 

Senator Cynthia Villar

Why Wait? Start Farming Now!

Ed & Flor Tarriela

Flor's Garden & Ed Tarriela's Learning Center and Farm

How to Get Started in Farm Tourism.  Yes, family farm tourism!

Annette Patdu

Diaspora Resort Farm

Farm School, Farmers Business School, Farm Rural School, Family Farm School, Farmers Field School, etc. What’s in a Name? 

Eric Atanacio

Terra Verde Ecofarm

So you want to be a Farmer?

Learn from Ped!

Ped Unson

Riverside Farm

Meet the Batang Filipino Farmers.

Bea & Miguel Atanacio & friends

Kids of Family Farmers

Resources Available for Small & Family Farmers; New & Beginning Farmers that are available in UPLB

Resource Person


Understanding Trends in Farming.

Gigi Morris

MoCA Family Farm RLearning Center

Growing up in a Family Farm &

Cooperative movement.

Maila Vilela

Vilela's Family Farm

Sustainable Pig Farming & Other Livestock Enterprise for Small & Family Farmers 

Dr. Theodore Galvan 

ATI-International Training Center for Pig Husbandry

So you want to be a Woman Farmer?

Ruth Avila

Ranchito Farms

Irrigation and Other Farm Supplies to Get you Started in your Family Farming

Toto Barcelona

Harbest Agribusiness

Training & Other Assistance Programs for Small & Family Farms; New & Beginning Farmers

Resource Person

ATI Region IV-A

Importance of Networking in Family Farming

Resource Person


Social Media and Other Marketing tools for Small & Family Farmers; New & Beginning Farmers

Resource Person

Farmer/Social Media Practitioner

Formation of Family Farms Agricultural Cooperative of the Philippines

Ad Hoc Committee

Family Farm Network of the Philippines