The municipality of Tboli in South Cotabato and the USAID Protect Wildlife project signed a partnership agreement to strengthen management of key upland ecosystems while promoting market-based and conservation-oriented agricultural and livelihood systems.
The agreement, which would bring about economic and ecological benefits to upland communities, was also signed by the Peace and Equity Foundation, the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, the United Maligang Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Joscual Trading.
The partnership centers on developing the capabilities of the Knoon Highland Farmers Association, which is composed of coffee and abaca farmers from upland Tboli communities. The project and partners would provide organizational development training and promote conservation-oriented production methods to the association and its members. The partners envision supporting the association’s efforts to act as a consolidator and facilitator of access to market.
The project completed a leadership and organizational development training of officers of the Knoon Highland Farmers Association on November 27-29, 2019 in coordination with the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist of Tboli. (PWP/ Meg Yandoc)