With the theme ‘Rural Poor Actions Amidst Crisis’, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Assistant President Jessie Rose Mabutas served as keynote speaker during the opening of the 3rd Knowledge and Learning Market (KLM3) on 20 October 2009 at the Megatrade Hall 3 of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
She said that the KLM, pioneered by the IFAD Philippines Country Programme Management Team, became a permanent fixture in the annual calendar of the Philippines country programme and became a source of inspiration for other IFAD country programmes in the Asia and the Pacific region.
However, the most recent back-to-back typhoons have devastated the country most especially Metro Manila and Northern Luzon. In this regard, IFAD support to the Philippines will further be strengthened and shall persist in its goal of enabling the rural poor to improve their incomes and food security, and provide better food, education and health care for their families.
She added that IFAD’s more than 30 years of helping the rural poor in the Philippines has indeed generated inspiring stories, and it is hoped that the next 30 years will generate more.
“Knowledge sharing and learning lessons must not end in the KLM but should be the beginning of a long and extended virtual conversation. And with the launching of the IFAD website, it would be a convenient way of providing and obtaining information as well as another system that would complement the IFAD poverty portal.”
Vilma Sarmiento & Mary Ann Virtudes, KLM3 Social Reporters