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

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

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

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

FishCORAL Conducts ABS Stakeholders Validation Meeting in Region 8 and ARMM

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In a bid to help boost the economic conditions of the participating People’s Organizations (POs) in the covered regions, the Fisheries, Coastal Resources, and Livelihood (FishCORAL) Project embarks on another level of strengthening the capacity building approach and livelihood assistance by introducing a gender-responsive enterprising known as the Aqua-base Business School with Gender and Climate Change perspective (ABS-GCC). The ABS … Read More

SOLID and FoodSTART+ Successfully Organize the Business Launch for Farmer Business School

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The IFAD-supported investment project Smallholder Livelihood Development Project (SOLID) and the IFAD and EU-funded Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) successfully conducted the business launches of micro-enterprises established by farmer groups enrolled in the Farmer Business School (FBS). FBS is a value chain development approach that the Indonesian Food Security … Read More

Farmer Business School groups supported by INREMP and FoodSTART+ pre-launch root crop food products at the Stakeholder Validation Workshop

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The Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) and the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in Bohol successfully conducted a stakeholder validation workshop last 28 June 2018 in Tagbilaran City. The stakeholder validation workshop is a culmination of Module 5 in the Farmer Business School (FBS) curriculum. It … Read More