The potential role of Farmer Business Schools in the Jhum cultivation system, the West Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India

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Garo people from West Garo Hills grow a variety of roots, tubers, and bananas as well as other vegetables and fruits for home consumption in their Jhum farms. By intercropping, each family grows as many as 40 types of such crops, creating dietary diversity, and sustaining food security. The Jhum cultivation system, known as slash and burn, or shifting, cultivation, … 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

FoodSTART+ innovation presented and discussed at the IFAD Mekong Knowledge and Learning Fair

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FoodSTART+ joined the Mekong Knowledge and Learning Fair (MKLF) held on July 4-6 in Da Nang, Vietnam. The MKLF, organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), gathered 130 participants from IFAD supported grant and loan projects across the region. Dr. Diego Naziri, Project Coordinator, and Mr. Brice Even, Vietnam Country Facilitator represented FoodSTART+ at this important event. Themed … Read More

Hoan and sweetpotato: a sweet, budding love affair

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How sweetpotato provides better incomes for farmers in Quang Binh Written by Hang Thi Le A single parent to two children, Nguyen Thi Hoan from Village 6 in Quang Thach commune, Quang Trach district, Quang Binh province is a hardworking, open-minded farmer. Having migrated from another commune into Quang Thach, she owns small parcels of land – 1,500 m2 in … Read More

FoodSTART+ disseminates Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Organic Seed Potato Production in Meghalaya

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In response to the recent policy set to become a fully organic State, a one-day training was organized by the International Potato Center (CIP) through the FoodSTART+ project, in collaboration with the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) and the IFAD-supported Livelihoods and Access to Markets Project (Megha-LAMP) implemented by the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA). The training “Good Agricultural Practices … Read More

FoodSTART+ and SOLID Build Capacity of Facilitators for Farmer Business School Approach in Indonesia

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The Food Resilience Through Root And Tuber Crops In Upland and Coastal Communities of The Asia-Pacific (FoodSTART+), and Smallholder Livelihood Development Project (SOLID), both International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded grant and loan projects respectively, are jointly collaborating to implement the Farmer Business School in Maluku and Maluku Utara provinces. As the first step in this process, FoodSTART+ and SOLID … Read More

Let’s Learn Together: FoodSTART+ Conducts Cross-Learning Visit on Farmer Business Schools for Partners

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More than 40 staff of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) investment projects (from India, Indonesia and Philippines), International Potato Center (CIP), and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) participated in the Farmer Business School (FBS) Cross-Learning Visit to Manila, Tarlac, and Benguet in the Philippines on 23 to 30 January 2018. Organized by Food Resilience Through Root and … Read More

CIP-FoodSTART+ and FishCORAL Collaboration to Implement the Aqua-based Business School in Coastal Communities

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The CIP-FoodSTART+ and FishCORAL, both IFAD-funded grant and loan projects respectively, jointly organized and facilitated the FishCORAL’s Aqua-based Business School (ABS) Training of Facilitators (TOF) held on 17-21 December in Davao City, Philippines. ABS, a brand-new participatory learning approach, is an adaptation of  the International Potato Center‘s (CIP) Farmer Business School (FBS) tailor-made for FishCORAL in the Philippines. The trainees … Read More