Ayta Indigenous Peoples of Bataan continuously contributing to achieving food security and food sovereignty for their communities in the middle of the global health crisis.
They retained some aspects of their indigenous livelihood systems and adapted some of the mainstream approaches to agriculture. Some “gasak” or traditional farms, today are planted with lowland crop varieties with minimal inputs. They rely on the rain thus the “gahak” and all economic systems are still governed by their indigenous seasonal calendar. Produce mainly supplies the demand of the community for food and any surplus is directly either sold to neighboring communities and common trading posts at urban and municipal centers.