"To be funded by the World Bank, MIADP aims to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and integration in value-chains of organized farmer and fisherfolk groups in selected ancestral domains in Mindanao," said MIADP Project Director Ervannie Jay Belarmino.

The World Bank team consists of Eli Weiss, Maria Theresa Quiñonez, and Douglas Forno conducted its project preparatory mission in Davao City from September 18-20 in Davao City.

The mission covered the site visitation to Indigenous Peoples' (IPs) communities in the city.

MIADP will provide agri-fisheries livelihood, investments, and services for the development of Indigenous Cultural Communities/ Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) in Mindanao.

Its components will include planning and social preparation to ensure the involvement of ICCs/IPs and enterprise development services to transform beneficiaries into agripreneurs.

To boost productivity within areas under the ancestral domain, the project will also provide agri-infrastructure support such as production and postharvest facilities including access to credit.

Earlier this week, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar said the identified Convergence Area Development Program (CADP) provides bigger opportunities for agribusiness enterprise as it can provide huge expansion areas leading to economies of scale. Dar said with "big brother-small brother" approach, CADP areas can promote inclusive agribusiness to IP communities through leasing their areas for agribusiness corporations and generate employment for their family members.

He said it can also be a source for profit sharing offering longer and sustainable growth and development among IPs.

He however stressed, the government should be there to help and ensure that IP communities will be accorded with a just and equitable share in the development of their areas. | via Noel T. Provido, RAFIS11 Photos by: Ronell Tangonan  

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