TAGBILARAN, Philippines, October 3-7, 2016 – After the successful conduct of the Value Chain Training with INREMP last July 2016, IFAD grant project FoodSTART+ followed through with the facilitation of the Farmer Business School Training of Facilitators for IFAD investment project INREMP.
In the Philippines, INREMP in Bohol is another of two IFAD investment projects which FoodSTART+ partners with. INREMP, implemented by Department of Environment and Natural Resources, aims to address unsustainable watershed management in four priority Upper River Basins (URBs) in the in the Philippines. INREMP has four project mechanisms, one of which is the “generation of income from sustainable land and resource uses and value-adding activities from processing of timber and non-timber products.” This is where FoodSTART+ comes in to provide technical support in terms of capacity building and knowledge sharing.
The intensive four-day training featured two field exercises including field visits in proposed sites and market visits. The training was received with enthusiasm as all partners were well represented, from INREMP staff from the Cordillera Autonomous Region, Bohol, and Northern Mindanao, to local government staff and leaders of people’s organizations in Bohol. Notably, there were leaders and members of the Izcaya tribe who participated vigorously in the training; there were senior in age but lent needed depth to the community-level insights the group had.
Key resource person for the training was Dr. Julieta Roa of the Visayas State University professor, also FoodSTART+ technical resource person. After the training of facilitators, the focal persons of INREMP and FoodSTART+ met to agree on the succeeding schedules and curriculum of the Farmer Business School to be implemented in select watershed communities of Bohol.
After the training, the participants are expected to commit to the next activities as facilitators. FoodSTART+ will continue to provide technical support throughout the implementation of the Farmer Business School.
Learn more about INREMP here.