Project Activity
Roadshow cum ICT4Ag Seminar and Workshops The Agri-Business Caravan (ABC) Project was introduced to the five municipalities of Northern Iloilo through a series of Roadshows cum ICT Orientations. Together with the Municipal Agriculture (M) . . . Read More
Farming Entrepreneurship Trainings [FETs] Farmer/ Youth Entrepreneurs together with their family members are given orientation on cash crops business cycle and income opportunities. These series of activities provide participants with gu) . . . Read More
Farmer Organizing Workshops [FOWs] Farmer/ Youth Entrepreneurs are acquainted with types of formal and informal organizations and are introduced to the value of having organizations and benefits of optimizing its performance. The ) . . . Read More
Product Development and Quality Assurance Systems Training [PDQAS] The course helps parents and the youth review and be familiar with disaster-resilient cash crops and itspossible by-products including other ingredients/raw materials that can be used to transfor) . . . Read More
Mentoring & Field Visits With the youth mobilized and communities engaged continuing follow through sessions maintain the link of support and guidance each farmer entrepreneur needs. The ABC Project team provides mentori) . . . Read More
Nego Saka Activities Agri-business related activities including vegetale trade, catering opportunities and network development Read More
Value Chain Development Workshops [VCD] Participatory valuechain analysisis critical in establishing the sustainabilityof development initiatives like the Agri-Business Caravan Project. The workshop is done to raise each stakeholder's ) . . . Read More
News and Highlights Third PDQAS Training Held at Palm Garden Resort The event showcasedyouth cooks who were challenged to deliver recipes under time pressure observing good manufacturing practice. The first group c) . . . Read More
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Youth Entrepreneurship Training Fun-filled learning and discussions were delivered by bizFTC mentors to Out of School Youth beneficiaries of Save the Children from urban areas like Pasig, Pasay, Taguig, Cavite, Bulacan and Lagu) . . . Read More
LRED at Jordan, Guimaras The BizFTC Facilitators provided facilitating services on the conduct of resource generation, REA and local and regional economic development (LRED) planning. A documenter joined the team during ) . . . Read More
Fishery Value Chain Workshop at Cambodia The project was a series of participatory workshops, consultations, research and formulation of Fisheries Strategic Action Plan for Cambodia that included inception workshop and finalizing method) . . . Read More
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).