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

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

The Search for the Significant Story: A training workshop on the Most Significant Change Approach

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As natural narrators, stories captivate people’s interest. These days, stories are used to present different facets of outcomes of a development project, especially to understand the significant changes that occurred after an intervention. Thus, FoodSTART+ organized a training workshop on the Most Significant Change (MSC) approach for nine (9) members of its team and partners from the Fisheries, Coastal Resources … Read More

FoodSTART+ holds 3rd Partners’ Meeting in Shillong

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Delegates from various states and countries visited the beautiful hills of Shillong, Meghalaya in India as the 3rd Partners’ Meeting of the Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+) project was held from 4 to 7 September 2018, hosted by the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA). On the first day, the … Read More