Fostering Education & Environment for Development, Inc. (FEED)
FEED operates as a social enterprise, is registered as a non-profit, non-governmental organization. We aim to harness market forces from the public, private, NGO sectors in a participatory manner to establish efficient and effective partnerships towards achieving our social mission. Specifically, our organization has been then engaged on various programs, projects, and activities that stream towards (1) restoration, preservation, and protection of biodiversity in the midst of impacts of global environmental changes, (2) conservation and restoration of endemic and endangered tree species, (3) promotion and enhancement of social forestry livelihood opportunities, and (4) the advancement of research into agricultural, environmental, forestry, sustainable development and related subjects.
To achieve our organizational objectives, FEED has co-developed various programs, projects, and activities with various corporate and institutional partners. Among our major banner programs is the “Living Legacy” which is anchored towards a Reef-to-Ridge (R2R) approach such that FEED aims to achieve the following:
(1) Raising awareness and initiating actions for mitigation and adaptation for climate change contributing to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in key areas (e.g. critical habitat landscapes and seascapes)
(2) Promote environmental leadership, develop livelihood interventions, and strengthen education support through multi-stakeholder engagements of public, private, and NGO sectors to empower and improve resilience of marginalized communities in the Philippines especially amid challenges posed by climate change
As to date, the FEED’s Living Legacy has already reforested thousands of hectares of critical landscapes and seascapes including the Baroro Watershed in La Union, the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges in Laguna-Quezon, several public and private schools with Bio-Intensive Gardens tackling malnutrition and marginalized areas and the coastlines in Bulacan, La Union and Sorsogon Provinces. Bringing in actions, expertise, and resources of multiple sectors at from multiple scales, tens of thousands of native trees and mangroves have already been planted and maintained in these areas. Specifically, the Program did not only address climate change mitigation and adaptation but also conservation of biodiversity especially of highly threatened Philippine indigenous tree species. To achieve long-term sustainability, local livelihood strategies were initiated to engage local people in these key restoration and conservation sites.
FEED’s reforestation methodology also includes lectures and interactive discussions on climate change, biodiversity, and social responsibility during tree-planting activities. With thousands of volunteers and participants, FEED is contributing in building a network of environmentally aware and responsible Filipinos (for more details of FEED’s Living Legacy, please see attached document on “Living Legacy Portfolio”).
Other activities and partnerships we have been conducting under this program, among many others, include the following: “Mangrove Nursery Establishment & Enhancement & Bamboo Livelihood Development” with Don Mariano Marcos Memorial University and the Alliance for the Protection of the Environment in Bulacan, Pampanga and La Union Provinces; “Establishment of Dairy Farm School & Carabao Productivity” with Shahani Gatas Kalabaw Farm and Philippine Carabao Center; “Tackling Malnutrition at Public Elementary Schools” through Bio-Intensive Gardens with the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction; “One Child, One Tree” plantings of fruits and vegetables in public elementary schools in Bulacan; “One Shirt, One Tree” in partnership with Mondo Project; and various annual “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs” with global, regional and local companies in reforesting national highways and upland (formerly denuded) forests.
With FEED’s Living Legacy Program and other related activities, we expect to directly contribute to the second and third strategic objectives of IPSI.
Another of our banner program is the “FEED Scholarship” in which FEED supports practical research carried out by our scholars, especially in studies related direct interventions with tangible results and beneficial impacts on marginalized communities, livelihood development opportunities, water-food-energy nexus, and other prevalent challenges in the Philippines. Completed studies of our scholars have already provided new understanding of key landscapes/seascapes in the Philippines and have left essential recommendations to help the people who long been dependent on ecosystem services in these areas. More importantly, we hope to develop new breeds of future leaders with the skills and attitude towards environmental sustainability.