CBSUA hosts 2018 International SAFE Course

The 2018 Philippine SAFE Course Delegates at the Strawberry Farm in Ocampo, Camarines Sur.

To address major sustainability challenges in agriculture, food and energy system, the SAFE Network conducted its annual short course program dubbed as  SAFE Course 2018 on July 16-20, 2018. For the past two years, it was held in Bali, Indonesia. This year, the short course program with its theme, “Sustainability in Farming Through Agritourism” was held in the Philippines with Central Bicol State University of Agriculture(CBSUA) as its host.

Thirty (30) delegates from different Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines were greeted by cultural presentations from CBSUA-Calabanga’s Sambit during the opening program. Dr. Novizar Nazir, SAFE Network Coordinator, in his opening speech,  emphasized the need to come up with ways or programs that would help make agriculture more sustainable and appealing to people. Throughout the week,  the participants attended lectures from international speakers discussing how agritourism, organic farming, recycling and even culture can be utilized in making agriculture and farming sustainable.

Aside from lectures, the participants  also visited several agri and ecotourism sites in the region such as  CBSUA’s Organic Agriculture Development Program (OADP), Choco Farm inPili, Sonrisa Farm in Magarao, Strawberry and Deer Farm in Ocampo, Bismonte Farm and Bidibidi Café in Baao, the Bee Farm, and Cagsawa Ruins in Albay. During the closing program, the delegates presented their respective project plan for an agritourism site.

Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Energy (SAFE) Network is an international group of university and college educators, researchers and advocates who collaborate to connect and educate people for a better economy, ecology and equity.