March 30, 2017

Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform for inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in South East Asia, signed a partnership agreement with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the largest corporate-led social development foundation in the country, to establish a Secretariat for the Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA).

PPSA was formally launched in 2015 by the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture in partnership with local and global companies. To date, PPSA has brought together more than 80 organizations and is developing projects based on detailed analysis of value chains aligned with the government’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

“The collaboration between Grow Asia and PBSP will enable us to co- develop and scale initiatives which address key issues in agriculture. Together we are creating multi-stakeholder, locally-driven value chains focused on increasing business opportunities in under-served markets. Most importantly, the initiatives will enable the inclusion of marginalized smallholder farmers and promote a more sustainable source of income which will eventually contribute to improved quality of life,” said Reynaldo Antonio D. Laguda, Executive Director, PBSP.

The PPSA Secretariat, under PBSP’s Livelihood and Enterprise Development PlaCEs Management Office, will serve as an in-country coordinating body and will provide on-the-ground support to Working Groups in the areas of performance measurement, resource mobilization, research and technical assistance as well as communications. Four Working Groups organized around coffee, corn, coconut, and fisheries are currently in place and developing their value chain projects. Grow Asia will continue to provide overall strategic direction and support to PPSA locally and regionally.

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