Sunday, October 18, 2020

New Publication from SEARCA #SEARCApublications

Documenting Permaculture Farm Landscapes in The Philippines Using a Drone with a Smartphone

October 2020

In book: Methodologies Supportive of Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management: Selected Cases in Southeast Asia

Chapter: 5, pp. 71-86

Publisher: Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)

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The emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones has led to their widespread use in agriculture by scientists and farmers for the purposes of mapping, monitoring, and landscape management. However, the high cost of drones, together with the risk and difficulty of flying any drone, has marginalized the small-scale farmers from exploring the potential of the UAV technology appropriate to their context. In this report, we aim to introduce a simple documentation methodology to small-scale permaculture farmers using a budget-friendly drone that would promote permaculture design, agroecological farm management, and stimulate environmental awareness. The study developed a 10-step methodology based on experience in the field that maximizes the features of the drone. Originally intended as an entry-level UAV, the Ryze Tello was used as a documentation tool to generate baseline data on farm biodiversity and system component interactions as well as landscape heterogeneity. Using aerial photos from the drone’s built-in camera, the researchers were able to gather valuable data in four (4) small-scale permaculture farms in the Philippines. Collecting such data would enable farmers to observe and interpret both anthropogenic and natural patterns and processes occurring throughout the year. The results of the study suggest the development of more drones like the Tello with improved features in the near future to empower more farmers to make design-based decisions that would ensure both farm productivity and ecosystem health.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Simple Ways to Apply Permaculture Design at Home

Permaculture is a design philosophy for sustainable living. It is based on 3 ethics and 12 design principles: 

In this video, learn how you can apply permaculture design in your homes. #permaculture 

Video created using Canva Pro.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

PRPH Team Interviewed on Bukas-Isip Radio Program


Last July 28, Erickson Tabayag, Malvin Biguerras, and Jabez Flores of the PRPH team was interviewed by Efren Pallorina in the round-table discussion, Bukas-Isip, a program of Pinoy Connection of the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC).  The team members talked about how they are adjusting with life in the "new normal" and what solutions we can offer as individuals and as a society.

Magandang araw, kabayan! Kwentuhang Kalikasan tayo ngayon sa episode na ito ng BUKAS-ISIP, tampok sina Jabez Flores, Malvin Biguerras at Erickson Tabayag.

BUKAS-ISIP sa Pinoy Connection, kasama si Efren Pallorina!

To listen, download this app on your Android phone… //PinoyConnection


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Finally! Permaculture is now in the National Agenda

Last Thursday, July 2, we were invited to participate in "Stories for a Better Normal: Pandemic and Climate Pathways," a web show hosted by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda organized in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission Philippines. On the show we shared some of our findings from our study, particularly on mapping of biodiversity in permaculture landscapes. Inputs from researchers, Malvin Biguerras and Erickson Tabayag, were highlighted. We're very grateful that our research will be used for promoting permaculture in the Philippines.

Related stories:
Legarda: “Everyone Must Benefit from Permaculture”
July 02, 2020 Thursday

“There’s so much we could do together to help implement existing environmental laws. When we design small or big farms in rural or urban areas, let’s make sure that every local government, people’s organization, and citizen can understand, implement, operationalize, and benefit from permaculture,” said Legarda.

No going back to the ‘old normal,’ says Loren Legarda
Published June 8, 2020, 4:57 PM

"House Bill No. 6864 also calls for the promotion of circular economy to aid in the implementation of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and promotion of permaculture, and implementation of agro-ecology, and resilient and green local food supply system."

Friday, May 15, 2020

Permaculture Reference Database

Please help us build a Permaculture Reference Database. This will be helpful to students and researchers writing their Review of Literature for their permaculture-related papers.

Please feel free to add, comment, and edit the entries. Journal articles are preferred but you can also add book titles, news articles from credible sources, links to published abstracts, and thesis manuscripts. Thank you! 


Add your entries by clicking this link:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Webinar on Permaculture Presented by Dream Agritech Consultancy Services

For the next webinar in our Agriculture 20-20 series, we are going to talk about #Permaculture!

Join us on Monday, May 18 at 3 pm (UTC +8)!

The webinar will be conducted by Jabez Flores from Permaculture Research PH!

Register via this link:

See you on Monday! Stream will be live here on FB and on our Youtube Channel (! #DreamAgri2020

New Publication from SEARCA #SEARCApublications

Documenting Permaculture Farm Landscapes in The Philippines Using a Drone with a Smartphone October 2020 In book: Methodologies Supportive o...