SEARCA-backed Grow Asia grew to benefit 117,000 Filipino smallholders in coconut, coffee, corn

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said that Grow Asia, through its Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Development (PPSD), has become a successful farm partnership model.

Grow Asia, a farm production partnership platform, is now benefiting 117,000 smallholders in coconut, coffee, corn, fisheries, and vegetables, SEARCA said.

Bernie S. Justimbaste and Edwin P. Bacani reported in the SEARCA-published “Competency Certification for Agricultural Workers in Southeast Asia” that Grow Asia has demonstrated farming models that now integrate small farm owners into the big ASEAN value chain.

To recall, ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) co-founded Grow Asia with the World Economic Forum and is now being sustained by SEARCA.