Provision of Technical Services on the Capacity Development for Farmers of the SDGCoco Project
Context and Project Objective
Although the Philippines is the world’s second-largest producer of coconuts, the smallholder farmers who constitute the majority of the industry often lack solid agricultural knowledge and struggle to earn a profitable livelihood.
The overall goal of this intervention is to increase farm productivity and promote farm income diversification in Region IV-A and Region V by building the capacity of selected farmers on coconut-vegetable production following sustainable farming methods. Implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) can improve crop productivity and marketability, while applying intercropping with vegetables can diversify farmers’ income for a more stable and sustainable business.
Specifically, the project aims to:
- Improve the technical know-how of farmers for a large-scale rollout of sustainable farming techniques and farming innovations, which contribute to increased resilience for smallholder farmers
- Develop farmers’ business management skills so they can plan effectively and maintain a steady and reliable supply of vegetables with characteristics that meet consumers’ evolving expectations and needs
- Amplify the widespread adoption of Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) among coconut farmers in the selected regions
Building on previous EWS-KT SDGCoco (Sustainable Development and Good Agricultural Practices in the Philippines Coconut Supply Chain) interventions, this project will achieve its objectives through intensively training selected farmers on coconut-vegetable farming systems, exposing neighboring farmers to these techniques through Farmer Business School (FBS) and training on GAP, and developing market connections between farmers and buyers.
- 45 key farmers from 3 farmers’ associations trained on sustainable coconut-vegetable farming practices and provided better access to seeds and other farm inputs, improved marketing systems, and horticultural advisory services
- 270 farmers exposed to coconut-based farming systems through FBS-GAP training
- From among the key farmers, para-technicians identified and trained as second-line trainers within each farmers’ association
- A 1,500-square-meter demonstration farm showcasing coconut-vegetable farming systems anchored on GAP
- An increase in the availability of safe, low-residue vegetables for the consuming public
- Market links created between farmers and potential buyers
Funding partner: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
26 June 2023 – 31 January 2024
Philippines: Camarines Norte and Quezon provinces