Farmer-Leaders Trained on Facilitating FBS and Market Access

Graduates of FBS in Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya undergo training on Facilitating FBS

ANTIPOLO CITY – For smallholder farmers to have a successful transition from a production-oriented to a market-oriented farm operation the challenge lies on improving their knowledge and skills in managing their farms as business units linked to markets.

Fresh from graduating in the Farm Business School (FBS), a total of 70 farmer-leaders from Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya participated in the “Enhancement Training on Facilitating Farm Business School (FBS) and Market Access.”

The training aimed to improve the communicating and facilitating skills of the farmer-leaders that will enable them to conduct collaborative action in addressing business and marketing problems and opportunities as well as to share knowledge among them through discussions, practical exercises and self-study.

Included in the three-day training course were workshops on communicating and facilitating skills, discussion on value-chains of different commodities such as rice, corn among others, and review of the implementation of FBS in the regions. Likewise, a presentation on “Importance of Contracts Role of Farmer-Leaders in Market Linkage” was also discussed.

The training was conducted in two batches where the first batch was held last September 2 to 4, 2014 and the second batch last September 9 to 11, 2014. Both were held in Cristina Villas Resort & Hotel in Antipolo City