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IFAD Partners Join in Opening the 3rd KLM in Manila

Posted by Roi Avena Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A budyong (a trumpet made of shell) sounded off the formal opening of The 3rd Knowledge and Learning Market of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The event is a two-day activity which started on October 20, 2009, with the theme “Rural Poor Amidst Crisis” at the Megatrade Hall 3, 5th Floor, SM Megamall, Ortigas Complex, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

The following agencies and organizations attended the event:
1. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
2. Commission on Audit (COA)
3. Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
4. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
5. Department of Agriculture (DA)
6. Northern Mindanao Community Initiatives and Resource Management Project (NMCIREMP) - Exhibitor
7. Western Mindanao Community Initiatives Project (WMCIP) - Exhibitor
8. Rural Micro-Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) - Exhibitor
9. Second Cordillera Highland Agriculture Resource Management (CHARMP2) - Exhibitor
10. Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) - Exhibitor
11. World Agro-Forestry Center (ICRAF) - Exhibitor
12. Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) - Exhibitor
13. International Network for Bamboo and Rattan - Exhibitor
14. Asian Non-Government Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC)
15. Livelihoods Improvement Project for the Himalayas (LIPH) – an IFAD-funded project in India

Ms. Jessie Rose Mabutas, Assistant President of IFAD led the cutting of ribbon during the opening program.

There were 9 exhibits installed for the event.

NMCIREMP: NMCIREMP Staff with Sana F. K. Jatta, Rose Bistoyong, Yolando Arban, and Jessie R. Mabutas. The booth depicts the journey to alleviating rural poverty in Northern Mindanao by showcasing the products from NMCIREMP-covered areas like banana chips, cassava chips and meat products.

ICRAF: Rose Bistoyong, USEC for Support Services Office – Department of Agrarian Reform with ICRAF Staff.

SEARCA Exhibit: SEARCA was established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and aims to lead in the science and practice of agriculture and rural development in Southeast Asia.

WMCIP Exhibit: The exhibitors, Grace Babaran (left) and Amina Bidin showing the calamansi product of WMCIP.

RuMEPP Exhibit. RuMEPP is a DTI and SBC implemented project funded by IFAD. The Project provides micro-finance and technical assistance services to rural micro entrepreneurs. In the picture are Yolando C. Arban and Melanio J. Macabale.

RaFPEP Exhibit. DA staff with Mr. Ed Queblatin .The Programme’s goal is to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of paddy farming households in participating rainfed and irrigated areas. This is implemented by the Department of Agriculture through the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Rice Program.

INBAR Exhibit: Manning the booth is Mr. Norman Mina, an INBAR Member. The network does innovation using bamboos for mainstream products thereby contributing to the upgrading of livelihood opportunities for sustainable development in rural areas.

PAKISAMA Exhibit: PAKISAMA envisions humane, gender sensitive and environmentally sound rural societies where people control and own the basic means of production and exchange, critically and actively participate, and live the values of authentic humanism in a Philippine society characterized by justice, freedom, democracy and national sovereignty.

CHARMP2 Exhibit: The newly started IFAD funded Project implemented by the Department of Agriculture.

By Vherna Castilla (NMCIREMP) and Emma Abasolo (ICRAF), Knowledge Facilitators

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