Agroforestry is a new term learned by 24 Teduray youth who recently took part in a Bentela daw Sayuda activity, a Pulangiyen cultural mechanism of visiting (bentela) and sharing (sayuda) under ESSC’s Bridging Leadership in Mindanao project. The Teduray youth participants who joined the visit shared their problems in upland farming, such as pest control and management and the limited funds to purchase fertilizer and pesticides, and soil erosion and landslide occurrences in their areas.
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Bentela daw Sayuda is the Pulangiyen value of visiting and sharing information; it is part of the Bridging Leadership in Mindanao (BLM) project of ESSC. BLM is an engagement with the youth of Mindanao, especially young adults in Indigenous People communities that aims to help in the stability and sustainability of Mindanao youth’s culture, the environment and their resources.