Product exhibits usually serve as natural attractions to draw attention to an event, and the exhibit was one of the four-pronged activity staged at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall last Oct. 12-13, 2010. The list of activities included the Policy & Investment Forum, Product Demonstrations and the Postermaking Contest.
The Knowledge and Learning Market (KLM) in its four-year tradition has always been an opportunity for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and its partners to showcase products and highlight accomplishments and breakthroughs. KLM4 is no different except for the fact that it has moved forward and turned outward. KLM4 moved forward by giving the lead to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in staging the KLM and turned outward by opening the doors of KLM for other agencies and projects to showcase products and accomplishments.
IFAD with its mission to enable the rural poor to overcome poverty have partnered with NEDA and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the RP-Japan Kennedy Round 2 (KR2), a facility focused on food security. NEDA showcased the Productivity Enhancement Program and the Department of Agriculture showcased the Food Security Project it is implementing through the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC). Closely coordinated with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the KLM has become a multi-pronged event combining the resources of IFAD, NEDA, DA and DAR.
Out of the 63 exhibitors, special recognition has been given by IFAD to the following:
- Best Product Booth - Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP)
- Most Creative Booth - Rapid Food Production Enhancement Programme (RaFPEP) - People's Choice Booth
- DAR/IFAD NMCIREMP
Photo by Vherna C. Comagon, DAR-Caraga, Philippines