The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) renewed its call for more sustainable land management (SLM) practices to address further degradation and mitigate the effects of drought.
BSWM Director and National Project Director Silvino Tejada said the participation and support of concerned government agencies and institutions is crucial in increasing the productivity of agricultural lands to achieve food security and provide livelihood opportunities to farmers.
“The increased economic value of improved landscapes would contribute to poverty reduction among small farmers particularly those occupying the upland areas,” Tejada said in a statement.
SLM was formally launched in August 2015 in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Part of the program is to address one of the major agricultural and environmental problems in the country—land degradation due to various human activities and inappropriate agricultural practices.