DILIMAN, Quezon City – With collective efforts and commitments, realistic national development can be achieved.
In her recent dialogue with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) representative Mr. Jim Hancock, Dr. Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) expressed her support on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) mission. This is to upscale the ongoing Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
She as well emphasized the great power and influence of building connectivity with groups and organizations who are also working to address global problems that hinder socio-economic progress.
ATI has undertaken various programs and projects under partnership agreement with government agencies, local government units, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and even private corporations. According to the OIC-Director, strengthening linkages or practicing convergence with stakeholders is an effective governance mechanism to implement policies primarily aimed to deliver basic services for the Filipinos.
Mr. Hancock provided updates on the development of the GCF project focusing on its strategic feasibility, scope, project modalities, and ATI’s potential involvement in the capability building component.
Taposok stated that the Institute is always open for collaboration especially when it comes to catering the needs of the underserved population. She further explained that more than reaching out to the farmers and fishers, ATI is dedicated to deliver excellent extension services that are beyond boundaries.
Moreover, the OIC-Director elaborated ATI’s current programs on climate change adaptation and mitigation which includes provision of technical knowledge and livelihood assistance for building climate resilient agriculture (CRA) communities all over the country through ATI’s regional training centers. Taposok also discussed the Institute’s accreditation and scaling up process of different learning sites, extension service providers and farm tourism areas.
FAO’s bilateral meeting and consultation with ATI was held last September 5, 2017 in the said city.