..DAVAO CITY (PNA) - The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and eight sub-recipient agencies from the non-government organizations (NGOs) and academe launched over the weekend a three-year resource strengthening and marketing project to benefit 32,000 farmers in seven provinces in Mindanao.
Ryan Russell, CRS head of office, said the implementation and the formal start of the "Farmer Alliances for Resource Strengthening and Marketing" or Farm project of CRS was held at a hotel here.
He said the project intends to increase agricultural production in rice, cacao, coffee, and vegetables, enable access to small rural infrastructures, and enhance linkages to greater market opportunities.
CRS will implement the project with local NGO partners, academic institutions, micro-finance institutions, and government line agencies.
With funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the farm project will assist its target farmer-beneficiaries in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Davao del Sur, and Bukidnon.