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

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

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

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