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Improving the methods and impacts of agricultural extension in Western Mindanao, Philippines

This ACIAR project aims to use community-based extension to improve farmers livelihoods in western Mindanao.
Farming households in conflict-vulnerable areas of Mindanao (Philippines) face many challenges to improving their livelihoods. These include dislocation to farm activities, difficulty in accessing markets, uncertainty about long-term investment in farm infrastructure, lack of social cohesion, and isolation from government information and services.
Previous ACIAR-funded work, in other areas of Mindanao, has highlighted how community-based extension methods can rapidly improve farming household's livelihoods.
This project will refine and evaluate these extension methods in the more complex setting of conflict-vulnerable areas of western Mindanao.