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by Thea Mae Baltazar and Randy Nuñez

The National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) launched its two (2) knowledge products last 26 April 2016 at the DILG – NAPOLCOM Center.

The first is the Resource Guide – Promotion of Green and Inclusive Agri-Fishery Businesses, is an NCI-SRD initiative to establish strategies in creating opportunities for improving financial, environmental and social performance of agri-fishery value chains. The other is the Transforming Communities through a Sustainable Organic Agriculture Industry – A Guideline for Local Government Units in Developing Local Organic Agriculture Plan, is a product of the collaboration of the Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED), National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) and the NCI-SRD to promote organic agriculture to Local Government Units (LGUs) by laying down the processes that will guide the LGUs in their planning towards a sustainable organic industry.

 

The launching was graced by Undersecretary Emerson Palad of the Department of Agricuture (DA), Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Undersecretary Austere Panadero and Undersecretary Edwin Enrile of the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG), Assistant Secretary Ferdinand Hombrebueno of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM), Director Silvino Tejada of the NCI-SRD, Director Anna Liza Bonagua of DILG, and Director Lourdes Ferrer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“Let us all be self-assured that together, we are able to underscore food security and profitability of organically grown food. These publications will certainly be a great aid in establishing a sustainable and environment compliant rural economy,” Undersecretary Palad noted in his speech during the launching.

“We believe that introducing value chain to our farmers is a way of improving their income and their overall welfare as well,” Undersecretary Bistoyong reiterated.

The convocation concluded with the joint accord to extend the publications in developing simpler materials for the farmers.