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  • Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development (PARFUND)

     
     
    PROJECT TITLE
     
    Duck Enterprise for Employment Generation and Growth (DUCK EGG) in Mindanao
     
    OBJECTIVES
    The project aims to generate employment by enhancing the performance of the duck industry through: (a) development of enterprises along the duck industry value-chain; (b) enhancing the capacities of interested entrepreneurs in business development, management and marketing.
     
    LOCATION
    Zamboanga del Sur, Agusan del Sur and Bukidnon
     
    DURATION
    3 years
     
    BENEFICIARIES
    900 rural men and women and 2000 rural families/ households
     

    BACKGROUND
    There is a need to communicate and demonstrate that agribusiness in the Philippines can be profitable and its growth can be inclusive.  Farmers and agricultural workers need to learn about agri-based opportunities and gain market-ready skills to participate and benefit more from the growth of the Philippine agricultural sector. They also need to realize that commercial and environmental objectives can co-exist in the agribusiness sector.

    ACTIVITIES
    USAID, through the Philippine-American Fund, supports the Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development (PARFUND) in equipping farmers and other agricultural workers in select provinces to become entrepreneurs. PARFUND, as a leading expert and practitioner of duck raising technology in the Philippines, accomplishes this goal by exposing farmers to different practical and hands-on experiences in duck-related businesses. The organization’s experience and established models of entrepreneurs in the duck industry value chain is used to train interested agri-entrepreneurs.

    The project generates employment by enhancing the performance of the duck industry through developing enterprises along its value-chain and enhancing the capacities of interested entrepreneurs in business development, management and marketing.
     

    UPDATES AS OF MARCH 2017
    During the quarter, PARFUND developed 94 new entrepreneurs (48 percent female) and provided loans amounting to P1,837,435. This brought the total number of enterprises assisted by PARFUND to 317, which represents 97 percent of the total project target.

    Since the beginning of the project, PARFUND conducted six orientation events and business planning workshops with a total of 113 participants (49 percent female). The organization was able to equip the participants with the basics of business planning and management.

    The project also conducted eight hands-on training for 169 entrepreneurs (39 percent female). These training covered various topics such as financial literacy, project assessment and basic accounting.
     
    ABOUT THE GRANTEE
     
    The Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development (PARFUND) was established 20 years ago as a non-stock, non-profit organization that supports development initiatives in Mindanao. The organization is the leading expert and practitioner of the integrated rice-duck farming system (IRDFS) technology in the Philippines, having supported the establishment of over 1000 hectares of rice-duck farms across the country. PARFUND has received recognition from international organizations for their initiatives in promoting and implementing IRDFS in Mindanao.
     
    Jose Noel Olano
    Executive Director, PARFUND
    Unit 108 Sterten Place Condo,
    116 Maginhawa St.,Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City
    Email: jndo38@yahoo.com;
    parfund@yahoo.com