Featured Activity of the Month
Agri-Business Caravan [ABC] Project at Northern Iloilo
ABC Project is an early recovery strategy after typhoon Haiyan aiming to contribute in addressing food security issue and livelihood urgency in underserved communities in Carles, Estancia, Balasan, Concepcion, and Ajuy, Iloilo Province through the promotion of calamity resilient cash crops including Saluyot, Alugbati, Gabi, Chili, Kamote Tops, Kangkong, Malunggay and other similar crops. About three hundred (300) youth and their farming families were engaged and segmented as input suppliers, farmer/ producers, traders and food processors. Each value chain [VC] actor are taught skills in organizational development, entrepreneurship, food processing and mobile phone technology necessary to create a more enabling environment and a more connected value chain post-calamity. Coaching was provided to further enhance these skills.
Included in the project was Nego Saka carts/canteens, physical trading facility and virtual Hubs of BizFTC that showcased buying of vegetables, trading, processing and selling of veggie burgers, siomai, lumpia and other food products from vegetables. The carts and canteens (canteens of schools rehabilitated from typhoon Yolanda destruction) were strategically placed in centers, e.g. schools and vicinity of municipal halls to facilitate access to ready-to-eat meals and snacks by students and employees while trading is initiated in public markets and eventually supplied to restaurants and institutional buyers, (e.g. Splash Foods). Virtual Hubs are built to facilitate continuous learning exchange among youth entrepreneurs and their farming families using mobile phones and internet services.
Series of orientations, trainings, meetings, consultations and workshops were initiated related to calamity-resilient vegetable farming, trading, processing and vending. Four NegoSaka canteens or carts were showcased in the municipalities of Balasan, Carles, Concepcion and Estancia which became trading and processing centers of vegetables with youth as entrepreneurs and/or service providers. LGUs, MSWDOs and MAOs in 5 municipalities were engaged and eventually mainstreamed the vegetable farming, trading, processing and vending as part of their regular program for marginal communities including farmers and youth.
The ABC Project was implemented in partnership with Accenture and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP).