August 28, 2018
One hundred thirty three (133) farmer combatants graduated this week in a training program under the upland rice-based farming technology transfer program held in Mindanao's conflict-affected areas.
The farmer graduates were the third level trainees to receive the farmer-to-farmer - farmers' field school training under the training program. This program, which is a public service delivery component under JICA's Comprehensive Capacity Development Project for the Bangsamoro aims to support the socio-economic development of the people by improving the effectiveness and quality of service delivery in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
Under the training program, farmers, ulamas and other religious leaders, agriculture technologists, municipal agriculture officers as well as technical staff of Bangsamoro Development Agency and Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute are trained on upland farming practices that also integrate concepts of leadership, values and religion or spirituality with agriculture.
A Palayamanan model farm is established in 12 sites located in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. The sites serve as learning areas where trainees learn about upland rice and vegetable production and livestock development. The term Palayamanan was coined from Filipino words ‘palayan' (rice fields) and ‘kayamanan' (wealth) describing the concept of wealth creation using the fields for rice and other crops through diversified farming.
"The agriculture sector is just one of many promising sectors in Mindanao. We'd like to continue helping the farmers and communities in Mindanao secure food for their families and create livelihoods in their community," said JICA Senior Representative Yo Ebisawa. "We would like to address the agricultural needs of the farmer combatants through this capacity building program to teach farmers to cultivate their own farms, improve their farm productivity and income, and make their lives better."
JICA began supporting Mindanao's inclusive peace and development 12 years ago through the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD). Under said development cooperation, JICA implemented nearly 50 community development projects in Mindanao.
JICA's ongoing development assistance to Mindanao aims to help farmers and community members have a sense of ownership of their future and a role in decision making for their economic development.