Working Group - Coconut
The Philippines’ vulnerability to the effects of climate change continue to challenge the corn industry. In 2018, corn production posted a decrease of 7.77 million metric tons from 7.92 million metric tons in 2017 due to the strong typhoons that hit the corn-producing areas of northern Luzon in the latter part of the year. The corn industry is also burdened with high prices which affect the livestock and poultry industry since 60% of yield are being used for feeds.
- The Corn Working Group has identified specific issues in the corn value chain, including smallholders’ lack of access to farm credit and production technologies, the lack of modern post-harvest facilities, processing plants and high transportation costs. The Working Group is mapping the operations of the private sector and NGO partners to develop value chain projects and models for replication.
- A local Corn Working Group was also established in south-central Mindanao, and is currently being led by Biotech Farms, Inc. The group is working on a Farmers Development Program that aims to reach 10,000 smallholder farmers by 2020 and increase farmers’ yield to at least 4.8 metric tons per hectare.
- 2,846 farmers reached
- 11 farmer organizations
Biotech Farms, Inc.
Japan International Co-operation Agency