COMMUNITY-BASED INITIATIVE ON AVOIDING SOIL DEGRADATION IN KG. TAMPASAK, KG. TIMPANGOH AND KG. BABAGON, PENAMPANG, SABAH
The project is about the management of natural resources for sustainable livelihood in Tampasak, Timpangoh and Babagon villages.

The broad objective of the project is to create awareness to the community about agricultural practices that the continuous usage of chemical fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide cause soil degradation (infertility) and therefore will affect future community life socially and economically adversely if not controlled. The people are used to farming using chemical pesticide, herbicide and chemical fertilizer. These practices if continued can lead to infertile land. With the project, agricultural practice will be environmentally friendly. With more awareness more participation more food production in a friendly environment and more food products produce organically, safe for consumption will lead to healthy community.


TATABA TUMOKU will lead the project with advisory, professional and technical inputs from the Sabah Agricultural Department, Sabah Fishery Department and PACOS.

The expected outputs will be a community who will practice integrated organic farming to avoid soil degradation and to get maximum yield from cultivated land.

To achieve the project objectives, the following activities will be implemented:

- Training people
- Rehabilitaion (Rectifying) of degraded soil.
- Creation of Organic Gardens/Farms
- Creation of community initiated eco-tourism activities
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee: TAMPASAK TIMPANGOH BABAGON TUMOKU
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Land Degradation
Operational Phase: Phase 5
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 33,310.00
Project Number: MAL/SGP/OP5/STAR/LD/12/08
Start Date: 6/2012
End Date: 11/2014
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Tataba is a local indigenous Dusun word taken from TAmpasak TimpAngoh and BAbagon, which symbolizes networking and mutual working relationship among people within the three villages. TATABA by itself means Gifts, TUMOKU means My Garden therefore TATABA TUMOKU means gifts from my garden, gardening can produce many different kind of products; chickens, fish, vegetables etc. TATABA TUMOKU is a symbol of belief that every person in the community wishes to achieve within the community organization; the village is a garden producing a lot of products when every individual acts to identify and use as sustainably as possible the village’s natural resources without causing any negative impact to the environment.
Notable Community Participation
The participants of the project are the local community, indigenous people who are farmers, government and private sector workers who are living in the three villages. They are the local populace of the villages.