TACLOBAN, September 22, 2016 – IFAD grant project FoodSTART+ conducted a Training Workshop on Developing Value Chains and Improving Livelihoods in Coastal Communities for the IFAD investment project FishCORAL.
FoodSTART+ is being implemented in the Philippines by the International Potato Center and works in partnership with two IFAD investment projects, FishCORAL in Leyte and INREMP in Bohol. FishCORAL, implemented by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, aims to alleviate poverty in coastal communities, home to fishers which as a sector has the highest poverty incidence rate in the country. One component of FishCORAL is livelihood development in 1,098 communities within in the 103 target municipalities. To enable FishCORAL to develop these fisherfolk-led microenterprises, value chain assessment, analysis, and development are key. Capacity building of IFAD investment partners, in this case, in value chain analysis, is one of the activities of FoodSTART+.
The training was attended by FishCORAL project team from four regions: Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Caraga in Northeastern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, and Bicol in Southern Luzon. BFAR Region 8 staff and management were also present in support of the training.
Key resource person for the training was Dr. Julieta Roa, value chain practitioner, Visayas State University professor, and FoodSTART+ technical resource person. One of the messages she highlighted was the importance of asking the question why: going beyond the value chain actors and products to analyze and map governance, relationships, interactions, and dynamics in the value chain.
The attendees are expected to return to their roles with an appreciation and understanding of value chain analysis and to use this as a critical step in fisher livelihood development towards the achievement of the FishCORAL outputs.
Learn more about FishCORAL here.
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