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The Rural Transformation Movement

We are a movement that mobilizes various experts, organizations, and resources to rally and catalyze rural transformation. By rural transformation, we want to enable positive and relevant change in farmers’ perceptions, attitudes, practices, and life chances with rice-based agriculture as the driver of inclusive and sustainable growth in rural, farming areas.

Currently, poverty incidence in the country indicates that 3 of 4 poor Filipinos live in rural, farming areas. An average farmer earns PhP50,000 annually from rice, which is below the poverty threshold. Our goal is to rally how we could all work together to help improve farmers’ income in a holistic manner. Through collaborative R&D work using the Intensified Rice-based Agri-bio System (IRBAS) Framework or popularly known as Palayamanan Plus, RTM takes a challenge to transform a rice farming community into a rural economy that will be composed of rice-based enterprises. Through this community-based agribusiness approach, RTM hopes to achieve an income of one million pesos per hectare per year.

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Contacts:

The Rural Transformation Movement
PhilRice, Maligaya, Science City of Munoz
3119 Nueva Ecija
Email: rg.zagado@philrice.gov.ph
Telephone: (044) 456-0277 loc. 511
Text: 0920-911-1398
www.facebook.com/ruraltransformationmovement

Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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