Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyses action on inclusive agricultural development in Southeast Asia, has announced the launch of a new collaboration with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a business-led social development foundation committed to poverty reduction.
The collaboration establishes an in-country Secretariat to support the Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) to deliver on Grow Asia’s strategy for the country.
The PPSA is one of five Country Partnerships, catalysed and supported by Grow Asia, which are led and guided by local leaders from government, the private sector and civil society. The Country Partnerships contribute to Grow Asia’s goal of helping 10 million smallholders improve their crop yields, increase their net income and reduce their environmental footprint by 20 percent by 2020.
In line with the guiding principles of Grow Asia, the PPSA Secretariat will support ongoing projects and create new multi-stakeholder, local partnerships to develop market-driven, measurable, and scalable projects to contribute to agricultural development and food security, with an emphasis on supporting smallholder farmers.
The PPSA Secretariat will serve as an in-country coordinating body and provide on-the-ground support to the PPSA Working Groups in areas of performance measurement, resource mobilisation, research and technical assistance as well as communications.
Currently, four Working Groups organised around coffee, corn, coconut, and fisheries are in place and developing their value chain projects. Grow Asia will continue to provide overall strategic direction and support PPSA locally and regionally.
“It will empower our partners including, agribusinesses, Government and farmers to come together to create new partnerships for inclusive and sustainable agriculture value chains, discuss enabling policies and above all, improve the profitability and long term environmental sustainability of the Philippines’ smaller scale farmers,” said Grahame Dixie, executive director of Grow Asia.
“This collaboration with Grow Asia will enable PBSP to scale up its work and develop initiatives which address key issues in agriculture by creating country—and multiple stakeholder-led, locally-driven value chains focused on increasing business opportunities in under-served markets.
“Most importantly, it will enable the inclusion of marginalised farmers and smallholders in these initiatives that would promote a more sustainable source of income and eventually contribute to the improvement of their quality of life,” added Reynaldo Antonio D. Laguda, executive director of PBSP.