In the Philippines the vegetable industry plays an important role in domestic and export markets, both economically and nutritionally. The Philippines Government and other industry stakeholders have identified the domestic market as a high priority for development and improvement due to the number of households involved in vegetable production. There is also potential for export market development. Areas that have been identified as constraints include production efficiency and sustainability, food quality, food safety, postharvest loss and domestic consumption. This is a program approach which aims to develop integrated and systems approaches to address value chain constraints. It has six components:
Component 1 - Integrated soil and crop nutrient management in vegetable crops in the southern Philippines and Australia. The aim is to develop integrated soil and crop management strategies in vegetable crops in the southern Philippines and Australia. It will define current soil fertility status and management practices, and develop and promote best management practices that suit local conditions.
Component 2 - Development of a cost-effective protected vegetable cropping system in the southern Philippines and Australia. The aim is to develop, evaluate and implement a protected cropping system to allow farmers in high rainfall areas to produce high value crops in the wet season when prices are high. These systems will also be modified for use in Australia.
Component 3 - Integrated strategies for the management of bacterial wilt and other wilting diseases in Solanaceous crops in the southern Philippines and Australia. This will build on the strong foundation laid down by previous projects to develop integrated crop management systems for bacterial wilt in potatoes in southern Philippines and Australia. It will also develop robust management strategies for the control of bacterial wilt in tomatoes.
Component 4 - Analysis of selected vegetable value chains in the southern Philippines and Australia. The aim is to assess the institutional market for high quality vegetables, describe and evaluate the performance of traditional and institutional vegetable chains, improve the capacity of smallholder farmer to access these markets, and identify and propose interventions to improve the performance of value chains.
Component 5 - Economic impacts of new technologies and policy constraints in the production of vegetables in the Philippines and Australia. The aim is to measure the profitability of technologies developed in components 1 to 4 and use this to influence the research process, enhance the adoption of technologies and identify policy constraints and options for change.
Component 6 - Program management. The aim of this Component is to provides details of management, communication and strategies for ensuring integration of components 1 to 5, and identification of opportunities for efficiency and effectiveness gains through sharing of resources, trial sites and extension activities.
Where possible, the linkages between components will be identified and integrated into appropriate adoption and extension strategies. A key aim of this Program is to develop integrated and systems approaches to interventions addressing value chain constraints. Extension and adoption activities are areas which offer considerable potential for component linkages, integration and efficiency in terms of funding and resourcing. Appropriate partnerships and collaborations will be developed with commercial and agri-business partners such as Del Monte, Dole and East West seeds to help ensure sustainability and commercialisation of Program outcomes.