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ACIAR Mindanao Agricultural Extension Project – in Conflict Affected Areas

aciarFarming households within conflict-vulnerable areas of Mindanao face many challenges in improving their livelihoods. These include dislocation to farm activities, difficulty in accessing markets, uncertainty about longterm investment in farm infrastructure, lack of social cohesion and isolation from Government information and services.

Previous work funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in other areas of Mindanao, has highlighted how certain types of community- based extension methods can rapidly improve livelihoods of farming households. This new ACIAR project aims to refine and evaluate these extension methods in the more complex setting of conflict-vulnerable areas of western Mindanao. In the initial phase of the project (during 2014 and early 2015), the project has been working with farming households and LGU technicians in three pilot communities in Zamboanga Sibugay (Region 9), South Cotabato (Region 12) and Maguindanao (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) – see map.

The refined extension methods are forming part of an improved ‘model’ for agricultural extension, which will hopefully assist LGUs, NGOs and other locally based extension agencies to more effectively provide their services to farming households in conflict-vulnerable communities. The project brings together staff from three Philippines and one Australian research and development institutions.

For more updates on the AMAIC project, download the Project Update #1:2014-2015 PDF here.

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