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Pia Jensen

Sep 12, 2017


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Hello MUAD,

I'm always a fan of proposals like yours - rehabilitating land, planting trees, sustainable agriculture and education. Are you familiar with permaculture practices, in particular polyculture, tree/plant guilds, and chop & drop green manure? I think there is more that can be incorporated into your proposal that will benefit the farmer's production. Though - you "agroforestry" may include these practices. Traditional row cropping is 'easier' to harvest, but interplanting crops (even in blocks) adds so much more to the product quality and plants' abilities to ward off insect attacks. A closed loop farming system can be produced by using permaculture practices. Can you define agroforestry in the proposal?

Permaculture: What is Polyculture?

Proven Permaculture Polyculture Plantings: Part 1

Banana Circle | A Permaculture Design Course Handbook

Tropical secondary forests regenerating after shifting cultivation in the Philippines uplands are important carbon sinks

Introduction from the Philippines - Regenerative (a forum with possible experienced contacts to collaborate with)

A Permaculture Model for the Future of Tourism in the Philippines (includes aquaculture and livestock)


Sarah Mac

Sep 14, 2017


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Hi Pia!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our proposal and for the incredibly useful links. The team was really touched that someone had taken an interest. 

You raised a good point that we neglected to define what we meant by agroforestry in this proposal. If we get selected as semi-finalists and have a chance to edit I'll make sure we provide more clarification. Because the farms are quite different (some flat land, some sloping) we were hoping that we could provide a range of "options" for the farmers so they can decide which form works best for them. For some, we imagine it might just be trees on the borders of their farm or on the contours of their terraces, for others it may be a more deliberate attempt at alley or strip crops and for some (fingers crossed) it might even be "random" agroforestry using farmer managed natural regeneration and not seedlings at all. 

I hope we do get to add more detail and would love to hear your thoughts again once we do. 

Congrats on your past win also :)

Sarah and the MUAD team 

Pia Jensen

Sep 14, 2017


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Thanks for the warm thanks, Sarah & MUAD! Along the lines of natural regeneration - are you familiar with the man who reforested an island forest? I imagine you are, but, if not - Forest Man

You might also glean some helpful information from the reforestation proposal (2013)

I think you are on target with the idea of a range of options - there will be differences requiring different actions, especially where micro-climates exist. I'm going to be creating a micro-climate here (subtropical & often like the climate of Santa Rosa, California [north of San Francisco]) for banana, guanabana, guava, fig and hopefully in the future, cacao and vanilla.

I look forward to seeing your entry make it into the semi-finals!

Have a great time :)

Sarah Mac

Sep 17, 2017


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Thanks Pia! I'm going to watch that video with a big cup of tea this afternoon :) 

Caroline Liu

Nov 26, 2017

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Thank you for submitting your contest proposal.

A Climate CoLab Impact Assessment Fellow who specializes in Land Use has conducted an impact assessment of your proposal which you can find under the “IMPACT” tab. Please review the documentation and model parameters. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact Marissa Malahayati at marissam.


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Muneer Hinay

Dec 19, 2017


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All the best MUAD-Negros! 

Olawale Olaniyan

Dec 25, 2017


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The MUAD team,

Accept my congratulatory message for advancing to this stage of the contest.

Best wishes!