Development Facilitators Trained to Help Agrarian Reform Communities Organize Farm Business School

FBS participant presents her group`s outputs from the training (photo by Daniel S. Nilo)

DILIMAN, Quezon City -- As part of the Philippine Government's commitment to institutionalize the Farm Business School (FBS) in the country, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) spearheaded the trainers' training for the development facilitators of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The training was aimed to equip the 20 development facilitators from DAR and DA particularly from the Agribusiness Marketing and Assistance Division (DA-AMAD) with necessary skills to establish FBS in the agrarian reform communities in the regions. FBS has been proven to be an effective market-oriented extension modality with the successful implementation of the technical cooperation project of ATI with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The project titled "Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access" ended in December 2014 with DAR and DA-AMAD as co-implementing agencies from the Philippine Government.

Aside from the concept of FBS, also discussed were developing group ownership and planning the FBS curriculum; understanding the farm business profitability, its marketing and markets; market opportunities and challenges of the ASEAN Economic Community and the Philippine Good Agricultural Practices. Effective communication skills in facilitating and coaching and other related marketing topics were also discussed.

As part of the institutionalization strategies of ATI for FBS, the activity was held last July 5 to 12, 2015 at the ATI Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City.