UN is providing $34.59 million loan and grant to reform communities in three regions in Mindanao to bring their operations in progress. These projects were backed by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (ConVERGE), with the expected benefit of 300,512 farmers or 54,628 households.
This is the 15th project by the IFAD and ConVERGE in the Philippines that involves 11 agrarian reform communities in Regions 9, 10 and Caraga. Northern Mindanao is highlighted in Region 10 area.
According to IFAD Country Representative, Benoit Thierry, they will teach them certain cropping techniques that they will probably meet the production target in order to be at par with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The crop includes abaca, cassava, coco-sugar, coffee, corn, oil palm, rice, rubber, and vegetables.
IFAD, with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will assist the farming communities.
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