A total of 180 smallholder farmers were funded and assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to learn farming according to the OURFood model. Under the DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), the beneficiaries are taught basic vegetable farming using Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Natural and Organic Agriculture farming systems. There are 4 demonstration farms currently under establishment to serve as learning sites and hands-on training centers for the beneficiaries.
For this type of partnership with DSWD, the OURFood Agri Team needs more members to conduct the above trainings. There is also a need to offer new training services to augment the farmers’ livelihood skills and thus, increase their income potential. These bundled livelihood skills could include Agritourism, Landscape Agriculture, Urban and Container Gardening, Food Processing and/or Food Service and other skills to create a sustainable livelihood for the individual farmer and/or the association.
The ANP-FEDI and DSWD partnership under the OURFood project was documented through a memorandum of agreement. In addition, ANP will find ways to market the fresh produce of the beneficiaries.