Mindanao Productivity in Agricultural Commerce and Trade (MinPACT) Project

Supporting Cocoa, Coconut, and Coffee Farmers in Mindanao

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Summary

ACDI/VOCA implements the four-year USDA Food for Progress Mindanao Productivity for Agricultural Commerce and Trade (MinPACT) project. MinPACT increases the incomes of smallholder cocoa, coconut, and coffee farming families in Southern and Western Mindanao. ACDI/VOCA and its partners do this by strengthening farmers’ capacity and that of other value chain actors for improved farm management, increased productivity, product quality, available services, and access to markets.

The Philippines has made progress in reducing extreme poverty for many of its citizens; however, in Mindanao, poverty rates remain high, ranging from 25–36 percent. Despite Mindanao’s fertile land and rich natural resources, food insecurity is estimated to be over 30 percent, the highest in the country. Increasing farmers’ incomes is an important step to reduce food insecurity and poverty and sustain peace in Mindanao.

  • Improve the competitiveness of coffee, cocoa, and coconut value chains
  • Strengthen local capacity and services for improved post-harvest systems and handling practices
  • Facilitate enhanced financial services, including insurance and credit availability for farmers and agribusiness service providers
  • Increase market access, opportunities, and efficiency of agricultural products and services
  • Improve the productivity of farmers who grow cocoa, coconut, and coffee through proven participatory training methodologies, including Farmer Field Schools and Training-of-Trainers
  • Support the expanded use of improved agricultural inputs by providing capacity building and grants to nurseries and seed production facilities
  • Facilitate adoption of new and/or improved processing equipment or system designs to reduce post-harvest losses and improve quality
  • Provide grants to processing facilities to improve and rehabilitate post-harvest handling equipment
  • Build processor capacity in business and operational practices
  • Train farmers, farmer groups, and agribusinesses on various financial products and credit management and provide technical assistance to help them complete applications for credit and insurance and maintain strong credit management practices
  • Build capacity in the use of mobile technology as a way to access market information, including weather forecasts, pest outbreaks, and market logistics
  • Build on the SMS price information distribution system and continue the Radio School for Farmers, both implemented by CoCoPAL
  • Support the development of industry coordination groups and trade organizations to promote sustainable production and farmer interests, linking stakeholders to regional and international markets and ensuring communication on end-market quality specifications and certification requirements
  • Train smallholder coffee, cacao, and coconut farmers in improved production and resource management technologies, with 8,480 adopting improved technologies over the life of project; assist 6,360 farmers to create and implement farm plans
  • Facilitate improved organizational capacity and management practices for 25 organizations/associations
  • Support private enterprises to provide improved services, including at least 72 enterprises selling improved inputs and technical assistance, 26 enterprises that have improved infrastructure for production, and 18 enterprises providing financial services
  • Facilitate the development of market information sources and systems, and support 8,480 producers to have ready and frequent access to current agricultural market information
  • Support 1,248 coffee, cacao, and coconut farmers/producers and enterprises to access formal cash loans to finance production and processing, with a total value of $1,134,545

Funder: USDA, Food for Progress
Budget: $9,300,000
Contact: Rebekah Bakewicz, RBakewicz@acdivoca.org