Capacity building for the adoption of Bhoochetana principles and approach in boosting agricultural productivity in the Philippines
Duration: 01/Jun/2013 - 31/May/2014
Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Department of Agriculture (DA)- Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR)- Government of the Philippines-Philippines
The Bhoochetana program in the Philippines is supported by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR). In line with the Philippine Rainfed Agricultural Research, Development and Extension Program and after realizing Bhoochetana’s success in India and its potential in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) in partnership with DA-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), DA-Rice Program and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) adopted the Bhoochetana principles and approach for up scaling in three pilot provinces of the Philippines: Quezon, Zambaoanga and Leyte. Initial support provided for capacity building activities is geared towards training of a critical mass of farmer-leaders and project team members. Area coordinators and farmer facilitators will be trained at ICRISAT and on-site
The overall goal of the project is to improve rural livelihoods by developing a resilient rainfed agriculture sector for sustainable rural growth and inclusive development. The project has four major components: (1) soil health analysis; (2) enhancing productivity through best-bet management options on soil, crop and water; (3) capacity building; and (4) developing a model for scaling-up.