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Charito Medina

National Coordinator at MASIPAG (Farmer Scientist Partnership for Development)
Charito Medina Charito P. Medina is the national coordinator of MASIPAG, a Philippine network of farmers, scientists, and NGOs working for the empowerment of resource-poor farmers. MASIPAG has 27 years experience in participatory and farmer-led research and breeding of crops, as well as indigenous livestock improvement. 
 
He is member of the National Organic Agriculture Board(NOAB) of the Department of Agriculture, representing NGOs.  The NOAB is the policy making body of the government in the implementation of organic agiculture programs.
 
He is one of the lead authors of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) ESAP sub-global, sponsored by UN Agencies and the World Bank. He also served as member of the Panel of Experts at the global, ESAP regional and integrated design during the assessment design preparation.
 
He is also part time faculty in two universities in the Philippines teaching ecosystems structure and dynamics, biodiversity conservation, systems analysis and simulation, environmental planning, and natural resource management.  He received his Ph.D. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph, Canada.  His interest includes sustainable organic agriculture, food systems, biodiversity conservation, participatory research and rural development.
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