Cordillera Organic Agriculture Research & Development Center (COARDC)

In January 12, 2010, the Center was primarily launched at Benguet State University in celebration of its 24th Charter Day as Cordillera Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center (COARDC). The creation of the center was based from the approved establishment of the Philippine Organic Agriculture development Center last November 17, 2009 during the BSU regular Board of Regents meeting at CHED Conference hall, HEDC Bldg., CP Garcia Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Having gained momentum and acknowledging the importance of Organic Agriculture, the center main function is to formulate and implement a regional integrated, holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral master plan for Organic Agriculture Development in the region.

A premier Research Center in Organic Agriculture

To lead in the generation, development and packaging of appropriate organic farming technologies and systems adaptive for sustainable agro-industrial production

To increase productivity of organic farms through the promotion of organic agriculture production technologies, management systems and products

     a. Develop organic seed production techniques and management;
     b. Develop soil fertility management and conservation;
     c. Develop organic pest management products and systems;
     d. Develop and produce agriculture inputs (organic fertilizer, bio-control agents and others);
     e. Produce organically grown product;
     f. Provide expert services on organic certification;
     g. Collaborate with other state universities and learning institutions in the offering of Organic Agriculture; and
     h. Coordinate with line agencies for continuing education programs for farmers, students, specialists and extension workers on Organic Agriculture

     a. Organic Crop Production  
     b. Organic Animal and Aquatic Production
     c. Biosafety and Certification
     d. Socio-Economics and Policy
     e. Education, Training and Extension

Functions of the Divisions
     - Conduct research and extension activities for Organic Agriculture
     - Develop appropriate organic animal and aquatic production technologies;
     - Establish organic agriculture demo-farm;
     - Assist in the establishment of biosafety and certification bodies in coordination with national government agencies;
     - Assist in the certification of organic farms;
     - Provide training and extension services to farmers, students, and other stakeholders in Organic Agriculture; and
     - Coordinate and partner with academic institutions in the development of appropriate Organic Agriculture curricular programs.