Extension Programs, Projects and Partnerships

To ensure that farmers and fishers are able to maximize the services designed to uplift their condition, we continue to explore all areas of collaboration and partnership for its extension initiatives.

Programs

1. Ladderized Approach to ATI Extension Services

  • Level 1: Learning Sites for Practical Agriculture I (LSPA I). As part of our ladderized approach to extension service, we support the development of rural farms by certifying them as model sites that serve as demonstration areas for hands-on learning.
  • Level 2: Learning Sites for Practical Agriculture II (LSPA II). We support the further development of LSPA I farms to the next level. Once qualified, LSPA II farms offer farm business advisory services, demonstration services, information services and training services, whose owners/operators also become farmer-trainers cultivating not only attitude, skills and knowledge (ASK) but also wisdom among farmers and fishers.
  • Level 3: Private Extension Service Providers (P-ESPs). We accredit organized institutions to become P-ESPs that serve as our partners in the provision of extension services to farmers/fishers and their organizations.

2. Private Extension Service Providers (P-ESPs)

As part of the Extension Accreditation Services component of our ladderized approach to extension, we encourage individual LSPA I and LPSA II farmer/farm family operators to form an “organization/network of extension service providers” to enable them to apply for accreditation as our P-ESPs. Considered as full-fledged extension agencies, P-ESPs are better equipped as our partners in the provision of extension services to farmers/fishers and their organizations.

This is in compliance with the provisions of Section 91 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Republic Act No. 8435 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act and per DA Administrative Order No. 22, Series of 2008.

3. Livelihood for Rural-Based Organizations (RBOs)

We strengthen the competencies of our dynamic client system through continuous training and education support programs for Rural Improvement Clubs, 4-H Clubs, 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association of the Philippines, Japan Agricultural Exchange Council Alumni Association of the Philippines, Farm Home Extensionists Association of the Philippines, Pambansang Mannalon, Mag-uuma, Magbabaul, Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP), Magsasaka Siyentista (MS), and other professional groups of extension workers in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Summary of RBOs in CAR.

4. Assessment Center

In partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), we offer assessment and accreditation services for NC II programs related to organic agriculture and crops production.

Masterlist of NC II passers.

Partnerships/ Projects

1. ASSIST Project

The project is a Public-Private Partnership with the ASSIST (Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation) as the implementing agency, assisted by ATI-CO through ATI-CAR while the funding agency is the German Development Bank (GDB). The project involve the installation of eighty (80) agrometrological measuring stations in the municipality of Buguias. The data that are generated in this instrument can help farmers make the right decision at the right time. Based on the data that are measured on their field, combined with weather forecast, farmers will be able to make informed decisions about which steps to be taken next to ensure the best quality and quantity of their produce.
METOS monitoring systems collect, store, process and directly transfer the data to the password protected platform via the internet. Alternatively, the data can also be sent via radio, telephone line, GSM or an infrared port or Bluetooth to a computer or any other data carrier. The project runs for about 18 to 20 months.