Bio-intensive gardening cuts malnutrition in the Philippines
In response to the 1984 economic crisis in the Philippines, the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) developed a bio-intensive gardening program in the Province of Negros Occidental to increase food availability for Negros islanders.
As a training aid for extensionists, IIRR developed a package of educational materials containing slides, flash cards and brochures. The IIRR training materials emphasize adaptation of the gardening technology to the ecological zone and to cultural and economic conditions, rather than adoption of a set of defined practises. The materials outline a basic approach, yet describe three tillage options for garden beds: double-dig, deep dug and raised bed. The training packet also contains a description of the bio-intensive method and its potential for sustainability.
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