|Boie Gerona (vegetable grower) and Zenaida Gonzaga (Visaya State University) |
show off the harvest from a successfully protected crop
(Photo: Gordon Rogers)
Philippine farmers face many barriers to maximising profits and being competitive in the marketplace, including declining soil fertility, damaging weather, pests and diseases, and postharvest losses. They also face constraints of agricultural policies, local infrastructure, access to markets and information, and access to finance and extension services. These challenges disrupt the supply chains and threaten farmers’ livelihoods, making the fruit and vegetable industry less competitive and sustainable.
|Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is an important fruit for the Philippines. |
Job Abuyabor (centre) is a leading jackfruit grower in central Leyte (Photo: Mara Faylon)
|The research team (and friends) in farmer |
Mike Pedrosa’s rice fields in Calbayog,
Samar (Photo: John Oakeshott)
The program recently concluded with a technical workshop with the researchers, and the proceedings "Smallholder HOPES – horticulture, people and soil" has just been published. Jointly managed by ACIAR and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), the program involved almost 200 people from 27 research organisations across the Philippines and Australia. ACIAR and PCAARRD have agreed to build on the program's success with further research in the Southern Philippines.
HORT/2007/066 Enhanced profitability of selected vegetable value chains in the southern Philippines and Australia program
HORT2007/067 Improved domestic profitability and export competitiveness of selected fruit value chains in the southern Philippines and Australia program
Workshop proceedings 139: Smallholder HOPES – horticulture, people and soil
ACIAR's Horticulture research program