The goal of the Program is to contribute to economic growth in the Philippines through increased income and improved livelihoods of tropical fruit growers in southern Philippines. The purpose of the Program is to improve the smallholder and industry profitability and export competitiveness of selected tropical fruits industries in the southern Philippines. Fruit crops to be targeted are mango, papaya, durian and jackfruit. The primary audience for the outcomes of this Program are medium to large scale commercial fruit growers and farmers predominantly in the regions of Leyte (VIII), northern Mindanao/Cagayan de Oro (X) and southern Mindanao/Davao (XI). The Program has six components:
Component 1 - Analysis of the constraints to selected tropical fruit (papaya) supply chains and implementation of improved quality systems for the southern Philippines and Australia. The aim is to identify and analyse the constraints limiting the competitiveness of papaya supply chains for the Philippines (as a model for other tropical fruit supply chains) with particular emphasis on how Philippines growers could create and receive increased value from the supply chains to which they belong.
Component 2 - Integrated management of Phytophthora diseases of durian and jackfruit in the southern Philippines. The aim is to increase the productivity of jackfruit growing in the eastern Visayas and durian productivity in Mindanao.
Component 3 - Integrated crop management strategies for productive, profitable and sustainable production of high quality papaya fruit in the southern Philippines and Australia. The aim is to increase the profitable and sustainable production of papaya fruit in the southern Philippines and Australia through the development of integrated crop management strategies for the control of bacterial crown rot and Phytophthora-related diseases and major insect pests.
Component 4 - Improved and sustainable value chains for mango production in the southern Philippines and Australia. The aim is to enhance the sustainability of the mango industry in the southern Philippines and Australia through a systems approach that will improve pest and disease management and the consistency of the supply of quality mangoes for targeted markets.
Component 5 - Economic impacts of new technologies and policy constraints in the production of fruit in the southern Philippines and Australia. The aim of this economic/policy research component is to improve the impact of the whole Program by measuring 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 provide details of management, communication and strategies for ensuring integration of Program Components and maximisation of resource use.
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 Bounty Fresh Harvest to help ensure sustainability and commercialisation of Program outcomes. The Program will also seek linkages with other donors and relevant projects/programs.