The Australian aid program has been working with the landcare movement in the Philippines for 10 years. During this time, landcare has been working closely with farmers and their communities, encouraging them to take control of their own problems and to implement appropriate solutions. By using this approach, landcare has been able to achieve changes in attitudes and adoption of new farming systems at a rate rarely before seen in the country. The skills of facilitation—working with farmers and others in the community to bring about change ‘from the inside out’—are essential to the landcare approach. This book, written by 15 experienced landcare facilitators and farmers, provides practical guidelines for all those involved in this important role.

This book contains a wide perspective of individual stories about the development of landcare in the Philippines, richly illustrated with more than 170 colour photos and maps. The 40 storytellers include landcare pioneers, farmers, facilitators, government representatives and community groups.