Changing perspectives, changing lives: The Farmer Business School experience

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The Farmer Business School (FBS) has gone a long way in the Philippines since introduced by the International Potato Center in 2012. Hopes were kindled through the opportunities offered by the FBS. The comprehensive training allowed farmers to become entrepreneurs, develop new products and enter the market. At the end of the FBS process, a business launch is held as … Read More

From Smallholders to Entrepreneurs, Growing Farmer Resilience through Farmer Business Schools

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Rural Filipino farmers are reinventing themselves from smallholders to food-processing entrepreneurs through a participatory learning approach known as the Farmer Business School (FBS). Implemented by the International Potato Center’s (CIP) project on Food Resilience through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+), the FBS methodology deepens farmers’ understanding of value chains while providing the … Read More

Sweetpotato Jams and Juices Contribute to Forest Conservation in the Philippines

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Once considered a survival food during times of drought or severe rains, sweetpotato cultivation is quickly turning into a lucrative business opportunity for entrepreneurial farmers while promoting forest conservation in the process. In a swath of the Philippines where the forests offer a buffer against the damage posed by severe storms, a staggering poverty rate of 46.9 percent threatens to … Read More

Analyzing Farmer Business Schools from gender and social perspectives in Meghalaya, India

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FoodSTART+ considers gender as an important component for inclusive and equitable development. Having social diversity among group members can strengthen group activities by sharing and building on different ideas and experiences. On the other hand, social diversity involves power dynamics, and careful analysis is required to understand whether and how members participated. To explore these gender and social dimensions in … Read More

Fisherfolk-turned-Entrepreneur Groups Launch their Businesses in Tacloban City

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Twelve farmer-fisherfolk groups have successfully showcased their innovative products at the Aqua-based Business School with Gender and Climate Change Perspective (ABS-GCC): Business Launching held on 29 May 2019 in Robinsons Place Mall, Marasbaras in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. The Business Launch is a milestone for the groups as the event served as a culminating activity on the completion of the … Read More

FoodSTART+ Shares Journey on Gender Works at the 10TH IPGN General Assembly

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The International Potato Center (CIP)-FoodSTART+ has come a long way in ensuring gender equity of the project activities since its inception in 2015. The project gender-related milestones, challenges, and lessons were shared during the 10th General Assembly of the IFAD Philippines Gender Network (IPGN) held in Winaca Eco-Cultural Village, Tublay, Benguet from 7-10 May 2019. The IPGN is a platform … Read More

Balangiga Farmer-Fisherfolk’s Wives Learn How to Make Food Products from Dried Cassava Grates

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Eight members of the Fisheries and Agricultural Crop Producers Association of Bacjao (FACPAB) from Balangiga, Eastern Samar, were trained on cassava food processing last 25-26 March 2019 at the Philippine Root Crop Research and Training Center of the Visayas State University, Baybay City, Leyte. FACPAB is one of the 14 pilot groups composed of farmer-fisherfolks enrolled in the Aqua-based Business … Read More

iMPACT Magazine Features FoodSTART+

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FoodSTART+ is featured in the latest iMPACT magazine issue. FoodSTART+ Principal Investigator, Diego Naziri, and CIAT Market Access Specialist, Brice Even shared how the partnership between grant projects and investment projects can facilitate taking innovations to scale. From the experience of FoodSTART+, the success of the project highly depends on the outcome of the partnership with investment projects — who … Read More

FishCORAL and FoodSTART+ conducts the Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop in Region 8

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Dream big, start small. Everything has to start somewhere. At some point, all big and successful entrepreneurial ventures began from whispers of innovative thoughts turned into sparks of creativity and eventually transformed into burning flames of passion powerful enough to make these dreams come to reality. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 8 through the Fisheries Coastal Resource … Read More

Capturing stories of women through the Most Significant Change Approach

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Story-telling is a powerful communication tool as it is useful to captivate people’s interest. The Food Resilience through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia Pacific (FoodSTART+) uses the Most Significant Change (MSC) approach to gauge the impact of the Farmers Business School (FBS) interventions and showcase the outcomes brought to the target beneficiaries of … Read More