REAP provided Libmanan rice farmers with the means to change the rules for the rice industry in Libmanan, Camarines Sur – the rice granary of the Bicol region. PinoyME assisted the Caritas Diocese of Libmanan (CDL) in financing and operating a Php 16 million rice processing center (RPC) that was donated by the Department of Agriculture to Sarangdit Kristyanong Komunidad Organic Farmers Association (SKK-OFA).
In Bukidnon and Sultan Kudarat, we strengthened the organization of coffee farmers that are already delivering to Nestle Philippines. The farmers have hence increased their income by 20% by transacting directly with the global food and manufacturing corporation.
Our project started by organizing 35 banana farmers to learn the technology of AED and sell their saba banana to banana chips manufacturers. With REAP, they were able to double the selling price of bananas from P0.40 to P0.80. They now have doubled their earnings for their families.