THE Philippines has started a two-year capacity building project for farmers in Benguet.

The project, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, is entitled “Strengthening Farmers’ Competitiveness through Capability Building of Vegetable Growers in the Province of Benguet.”

The project is the Philippines’ proposal under the Capacity Building Project for the Farmer’s Organizations to Support the Development of Food Value Chain in ASEAN Countries (CBF Project) by the ASEAN Project Management Team (PMT).

It is intended to strengthen the potential of farm clusters in Mankayan, Benguet through learning activities for three selected farmer-cooperatives and associations (FCAs), providing technical support, and linking FCAs with buyers for their produce.

The project aims to encourage FCAs to venture into agro-enterprise and connect with institutional buyers, such as the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF).