Learning alliance approaches to scaling out vegetable value chains in the southern Philippines

Fruit in the Philippines
Project code
AUD 195,000
Research program manager
Mr Howard Hall
Project leader
Dr Gomathy Palaniappan, The University of Queensland
JUL 2018
DEC 2021
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to understand how farmer associations in the southern Philippines can be transformed to self directed learning entities through developing social and human capitals

Philippines has a predominantly rural society with more than 80 percent of the population relying on agriculture for their livelihoods. Agriculture is the primary source of income for rural communities, most of whom depend on subsistence farming and fishing for their livelihoods.

This project focused on examining how farmer associations can be transformed to self directed learning entities through livelihoods framework with an emphasis on developing social and human capitals. Additionally, the capabilities and assets required to support value chains; improvement in community well-being and women’s contribution will be examined.

Project outcomes

  • Understanding capacity of farmer associations through livelihoods framework with an emphasis on social and human capitals.
  • Developing capabilities and assets of five communities to support vegetable value chain development.
  • Improving community well-being from vegetable value chain development through learning alliances with private sector, grower groups, community, government and research stakeholders.
  • Recognising women’s contribution in horticulture value chains.
Key partners
Visayas State University, Philippines