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A Compendium of Innovative Strategies in Rural Development
Developing rural communities remains a challenge to many governments. In the Philippines, government interventions to address poverty have intensified and resources are being stretched to cover more beneficiaries. Knowledge-sharing and documentation of experiences and best practices of various rural development projects are essential in coming up with appropriate approaches and strategies.
In this line, some practical and first-hand experiences of various rural development projects were compiled and made into a book. Entitled “Beyond the Usual: Innovating Strategies in Rural Development,” the authors are comprise of Edgar Guardian, Alberto Aduna, Luz Ani, Janet Corpuz, Felicisimo David, Jr., Vicente Jurlano, Corazon Panganiban, Ma. Rosamund Parado, Aristeo Portugal, and Gumersindo Tumbali. It was published through the joint initiatives of the Philippines-Australia Technical Support for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (PATSARRD), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) and the Philippine Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
The compendium primarily aims to provide a better understanding of the intricacies of rural development interventions; as well as lessons and insights of practitioners and other stakeholders in enhancing conventional capacity-building approaches in rural development, among others. Hence, it is an essential tool to foster rural development in the country by empowering rural households and facilitating their access to opportunities.