With the desire to help peasants pursue authentic agrarian reform, a number of professionals formed a group in 1987 to respond to such technical needs as research and advanced training on agrarian reform of peasant federations Katipunan ng Samahang Magsasaka (KASAMA) and Lakas ng Magsasakang Pilipino (LMP). The group became more involved when the federations participated in the historic “Agrarian Reform Express”, a Luzon-wide peasant protest held in the same year to compel then Aquino government to pass into law an authentic agrarian reform program.
In October 19, 1988, the group and leaders of KASAMA and LMP agreed to institutionalize their relationship primarily to sustain their efforts in the advancement of agrarian reform and rural development, and expand commitment to a broader population of the rural sector. The institution was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit corporation the year after, and acquired a legal identity under the name Center for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development or CARRD.
Today, CARRD operated in 11 municipalities in the provinces of Batangas, Capiz and Iloilo providing agrarian reform beneficiaries paralegal and technical support on land related issues and facilitating access to farm production and social protection support services.
Smallholder farming households are organized and are socially aware, enterprising and proactive stakeholders in sustainable development leading to better quality of life and work.
Improve the quality of life and work of smallholder farming households, by being a hub of learning, innovation and advocacy in agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture and social enterprises.
Specifically, CARRD seeks to achieve the following:
- Stabilizing property rights by facilitating the individualization of collective Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) and completion of agrarian reform processes;
Ensuring access to productive resources at the community level;
- Promotion of diversified farm income sources;
- Developing climate-resilient farms;
- Adding value to primary and secondary farm commodities; and
- Supplementing farm incomes.
CARRD’s interventions are focused on three major areas, agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture, and social enterprise development. In addition, there are also themes that cut across these interventions:
- Gender, as we ensure that access and benefits of productive resources are enjoyed by all peoples;
- Aging, as we address the challenges of an aging agricultural workforce and find ways to encourage the younger generation to venture into farming as sustainable and profitable enterprise; and
- Social protection, as we respond to the growing threats of climate change and natural disasters to agricultural livelihoods.
Marie Joy Q. Demaluan