FBS Project Holds 3rd Steering Committee Meeting

FBS conducted their third Steering committe meeting

DILIMAN, Quezon City – The Farm Business School (FBS) which is implemented under the projectCapacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access”, through collaboration of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Services (AMAS), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) conducted its third Project Steering Committee meeting last October 15, 2014 at the ATI Boardroom, Diliman, Quezon City.

Among the matters that were discussed included, project updates as well as the review of the minutes of the previous steering committee meeting. Likewise, the FAO mission report of the project was presented by Heiko Bammann, FAO Enterprise Development Officer. Director Roy Abaya of DA-Special Projects Coordination and Management Assistance Division (DA-SPCMAD) chaired the meeting together with the project team leader Gumercindo Tumbali. Also in the meeting were FAO project specialists Felicisimo David Jr. and Jose Rey Alo with FAO Asst. Country Representative Aris Portugal.

Initially, the FBS was pilot-tested in Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija where a total of 1,389 farmers were trained in 62 FBS conducted. Furthermore, ATI is currently leading the cascading of FBS in the regions with 27 regional trainers and 257 facilitators have been trained. A Farm Business School is a unique educational system designed to help farmers learn and improve their knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and farm business management. As a consequence, Farm Business Schools help family farms to access new markets.