DAR-SRA Sugar Convergence Program
The DAR, in partnership with the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) through the Sugarcane Convergence Program, is currently implementing the “Improving Productivity of Sugarcane Farms in Selected Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations through Block Farming” nationwide. The project aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness of sugarcane farms in selected ARB Organizations through block farming, or the consolidation of small farms with 10 hectares or less into block farms and with one (1) block farm having a total area of not less than thirty (30) hectares. The operationalization of the block farms ensures efficiency of operations, use of equipment, deployment of workers, volume purchase of inputs, and financing. The project targets to implement the scheme in 47 sites throughout the country.
The project, “Dairy Enterprise Development Project for Selected Agrarian Reform Communities,” is a joint undertaking of the DAR and the National Dairy Authority (NDA). It is geared towards mainstreaming the ARBs in the dairy industry by enabling the ARB cooperatives to become active players in the dairy value chain. The project components include the provision of Business Development Service (BDS) provider, technology promotion and enhancement, institutional development, capability-building programs, product development, enterprise technology upgrading, and provision of common service facility and machineries. The project also aims to promote new technology on modern dairy herd build-up and production and other dairy-related areas through the provision of the necessary capacities and skills to manage effectively the individual and collective dairy farm and processing-related dairy enterprises.
DA-DAR-LBP Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP)
This capacity-building program is tailored for new and existing ARBs who are yet to avail loans. Adopting a more lenient set of policies and procedures in extending credit, APCP is the vehicle through which financial and technical services shall be delivered to ARBs consisting mainly of credit provisioning and capacity building to ARB organizations. Under this program, ARBs in organizations within the top 21 high LAD provinces shall be able to develop their knowledge and competencies in engaging and managing agri-enterprises, as well as upgrade their skills on financial management thereby enhancing their credit worthiness or bankability.
DAR-PCIC Agricultural Insurance Program for ARBs
This is a complementary program to DAR’s credit access and agricultural production programs, which serves to improve access to credit and improve productivity of ARBs. The provision of premium subsidy for agricultural insurance to ARBs and ARB household members aims to protect them against losses due to pest and disease infestations, natural calamities, and extreme weather events brought about by climate change. The 1 billion-funded project will be implemented in 2013 and will cover rice, corn, high-value crops, and livestock production.
DAR-NFA Partnership on Accelerating Procurement of Palay/Corn in Agrarian Reform Areas (ARAs)
This is a partnership program with the National Food Authority (NFA) to provide technical support/guidance to rice and corn ARB-farmers and/or their organizations through coaching and mentoring. The partnership program further aims to accelerate procurement of palay and corn in ARAs.
DAR-CDA Partnership Program for ARB Cooperative Development
This program is a collaborative effort in adapting Capacity Development (CapDev) as a strategy to address knowledge, skills, and capacity gaps/constraints of cooperative officers and members. It seeks to enable ARB coops to improve governance in their organizations, implement financially viable social and economic projects, and to establish juridical personality of organizations by registering new ARB cooperatives with CDA.
PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA),
Through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed in May 2011, DAR and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) agreed to jointly implement the PAMANA in CARP-covered “conflict-affected areas to ensure that the communities benefit from improved delivery of basic social services, and are served by responsive, transparent and accountable government units. Specifically, the project aims to: 1) improve governance through partnerships with national and local institutions, building capacities for governance, and management of transparency and accountability mechanisms; 2) empower communities and strengthen their capacity to address issues of conflict and peace through activities that promote social cohesion; and 3)reduce poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas through sustainable rural development, community infrastructure and focused delivery of social services.