New Markets for Smallholder Farmer-Entrepreneurs Eyed

New Markets for Small Holders Farmer-Entrepreneurs Eyed

ANTIPOLO CITY – As the globalization of agricultural systems continues, small farmers tend to lose more than to gain from this occurrence. While the market-oriented nature of the new system has presented opportunities for increasing profitability, small holder farmers and farmer associations in developing countries like the Philippines have inadequate capacities to respond to requirements of the market. Building the capacities of these small holder farmers to address these challenges is crucial for the profitability of their farms and long-term sustainability. Like in other countries, the farm families make up most of these small holder farms.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN), through the projectCapacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access,” is supporting the efforts of the Department Agriculture (DA) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to upgrade the capacities of farm-level extension workers and be able to help small farmers transform their farms as business enterprises with stronger linkages to markets. The Farm Business Schools therefore help family farms to access new markets.

With this, the “Training on Engaging Smallholder Farmer-Entrepreneurs in New Markets” was conducted to provide participants an avenue to build knowledge, enhance skills and adjust attitudes in expanding their reach to assist in linking the beneficiaries of the Farm Business School (FBS) to the new markets.

The five-day training was participated by a total of 30 agricultural technicians from the local government unit as well as staff from DA agencies such as Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and Agribusiness and Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) of the DA as well as from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The training included discussions on topics such as human dynamics framework, business ideation and innovation, sales and marketing overview.

The training was conducted last August 18 to 22, 2014 at the Cristina Villas Resort & Hotel in Antipolo City.