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Echoing women’s voices in Marawi crisis

Story by Dennis Amata (Communications & Knowledge Manager, CARE Philippines)

The sun slowly sets over the picturesque Lanao Lake in Marawi City. Janerah Abdulmoin, CARE’s Program Coordinator for its Marawi Crisis Response project, looks at the sky in vibrant red and orange also reflected across the water. She can’t help but recall her days as a college student at Mindanao State University adjacent to the calm lake.

Marawi used to be a busy and vigorous city where Maranaos (local people from Marawi) harmoniously did business with each other until a bloody siege between the Philippine military forces and the ISIS-affiliated Maute Group struck.

“I was a college instructor in Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia, an Islamic academic institution in Marawi when the clash happened. It was like a normal day in the university until we heard disturbing noise from helicopters swarming the place and a series of gunshots that immediately sent shiver down our spine,” shared Janerah.

The 23-year-old Janerah tried her best to hide her fears to lead her students. “I told them not to go outside the building and wait for further instructions from our security personnel. We were informed of the ongoing armed battle between the soldiers and a rebel group. Civilians especially the Maranaos were told by the Maute group to leave the city.”

“My parents hurried to the university where I worked. I could feel the fear revealed by their trembling voices. We decided to leave the city and went to our hometown Ditsaan-Ramain, a town next to Marawi. We worriedly rushed to our usual routes but they were all taken over by the Maute group so we looked for other possible exit points. We literally fought for our life as we tried not to be seized nor become victims of stray bullets,” she said.

Janerah and her family were able to safely leave Marawi after encountering several Maute group members along the way. They were allowed to leave the city because they’re Maranaos and could speak the local dialect.

“When we were on our way out, we all breathed a sigh of relief but were abruptly terrified after hearing loud booms and gun shots from afar. It was painful to see that the city we love and consider our 2nd home was slowly ruined into pieces, said Janerah.

Janerah’s siblings were also trapped in Marawi on that day but fortunately escaped the rebel group. Thousands of families flocked to nearby towns and communities seeking refuge. Janerah’s sister was part of Al Mujadillah Development Foundation (AMDF), a non-government organization focusing on women and girls. That time, AMDF immediately mobilized their staff to provide emergency assistance to families displaced by the conflict.

“I felt the need to support the displaced people from Marawi. My sister got me involved in AMDF’s relief operations and psychosocial therapy sessions.”

Janerah’s humanitarian role continues as CARE has partnered with AMDF to provide immediate assistance. She saw an opportunity to be part of CARE’s emergency response project.

“At first, I was hesitant to apply because I’m young. I felt I didn’t have much experience in humanitarian response but thinking about the plight of the affected people, I knew I needed to act and do something for them.”

Janerah was ecstatic when she got CARE’s trust to lead its field activities in Marawi. In close collaboration with AMDF, CARE was able to provide cash support to internally displaced people temporarily staying in evacuation camps or with their relatives/host families. She also joined “Family Conversation Sessions” (fam con), an approach by CARE and AMDF on providing psychosocial support to shocked and traumatized families.

One year after the armed conflict, some families still feel the pain of yesterday and still away from home. This is also aggravated by the loss of their assets and livelihoods. Janerah and AMDF continue to conduct fam con sessions to discuss their recovery plans, educate about women’s rights and address gender-based violence. The displacement has also led to various protection issues that need to be addressed.

“Through the sessions, I’ve heard of various distressing stories of women and girls about the unfavorable conditions they experience. Because of our culture, women do not typically report any abuse or harassment. So most of the time, they just keep it to themselves. And if the abuse becomes repetitive or severe, it would absolutely affect their emotional and psychological state,” shared Janerah.

Despite the challenges, Janerah keeps on educating women and girls about their rights and referral pathways for gender-based violence. CARE and AMDF also formed sessions that greatly involve men and boys to engage them in pushing for this advocacy.

Janerah believes that people affected by the siege will be able to recover. She is happy whenever women and girls tell her that they now know their rights and the authorities they can go to if there are cases of abuse and harassment.

“What keeps me motivated as a humanitarian worker is seeing that our work has positive impact in the lives of people who need help. Gaining knowledge is an integral part of empowerment. If we empower women, it will also help empower the entire community,” said Janerah.

Janerah continues to work for CARE as humanitarian actors now focus on the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi and the affected people. CARE is currently partnering with AMDF and Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs to conduct family conversation sessions, and implement a project on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

“I believe that Marawi will regain its vibrant atmosphere one day. And we will all appreciate the lovely sunset over Lanao Lake, just like the old times.”

CARE responds as Mangkhut lashes northern Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut, locally known as Ompong, brought ferocious winds and blinding rain that left infrastructure and agricultural damage to provinces in northern Philippines. Over 58,000 people have evacuated according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

CARE immediately sent an emergency response team to Cagayan ahead of the typhoon’s landfall. Jerome Lanit, CARE’s Emergency Coordinator, shared that the team experienced howling winds and pounding rain while staying in Tuguegarao City.

“We hope that Mangkhut is not as devastating as Haiyan but we expect significant economic damage and impact on livelihoods,” said David Gazashvili, CARE Philippines Country Director.

“CARE has also brought some supplies shelter repair materials ready to be distributed to the affected families. Our teams continue to coordinate with local officials and humanitarian responders on the ground to effectively address the immediate needs of the affected population,” added Gazashvili.

CARE’s emergency teams are now assessing the damage and needs of affected population in the most severely hit towns of Cagayan, an agriculture-dependent province. CARE has teamed up with Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center, Oxfam Philippines and Citizens Disaster Response Center in conducting the assessments.

“We have seen several damaged houses and blown off roofs. The evacuation center in a coastal community we visited in Aparri was even damaged. Also, rice and corn plantations are severely affected. The farmers weren’t able to do emergency harvest because the crops were immature. The northernmost towns of Cagayan are believed to be badly hit and it is still difficult to access these areas as of the moment,” said Madel Montejo, CARE Philippines Emergency Response Team Member

“The people say they need food, water, dry clothes and shelter repair materials,” added Montejo.

The World Meteorological Organisation billed the storm as the strongest tropical cyclone the world has faced so far this year. Mangkhut is the 15th storm to hit the Philippines in 2018.

“Extreme weather events being experienced in the Philippines like Mangkhut is a reminder that climate change truly affects the poor and marginalized rural communities. CARE continues to work with communities, the Philippine Government and the civil society in advocating for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction,” said Gazashvili.

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CARE prepares for strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, ready to respond

Typhoon Mangkhut (locally known as Ompong), the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, continues to intensify. The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has classified “Mangkhut” into a super typhoon. It is currently equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane, with winds of at least 252 kilometers per hour (157 mph).

As of 11am (Philippine time), Mangkhut is already 1,190 kilometers east northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, still moving west at 20 km/h. The typhoon is expected to hit Northern Luzon and may cross the island province of Batanes and Cagayan areas towards the end of the week.

Local authorities warn people to prepare for storm surges in coastal communities, and landslides and flashfloods in upland and low-lying areas. Its powerful winds can uproot trees and topple electric posts.

“This is very unfortunate for the people of Northern Luzon who experienced the wrath of relatively strong typhoons since 2016. Our teams would be ready to make rapid assessments. We are ready to respond if needed,” said David Gazashvili, CARE Philippines Country Director.

CARE is closely monitoring the track of Mangkhut, and coordinating with its partner Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center & Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services. CARE previously responded to Typhoon Haima (Lawin) that devastated Cagayan and Kalinga provinces in October 2016.

CARE has worked in the Philippines since 1949, providing emergency relief when disaster strikes and helping communities prepare for disasters. CARE’s past responses in the Philippines have included typhoon Haiyan in 2013, Hagupit in 2014, Koppu and Melor in 2015, and Haima in 2016.

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Farmers in Iloilo establish vegetable demo farms for learning and income generation

“We now have a farm where we both learn and earn.”

This is what Rhodora Anos, a vegetable farmer and community leader, excitedly shared after opening their demonstration farms to visitors.

Over 150 farmers from six communities in the town of Lemery, Iloilo, Philippines collaboratively set up vegetable season-long technology demonstration farms to apply good agricultural practices and innovative farming techniques to increase yield.

CARE, in partnership with Taytay sa Kauswagan (TSKI), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Municipal Government of Lemery, continuously supports farmers affected by Typhoon Haiyan build resilience and adapt to climate change through the application of good agricultural practices and eco-friendly farming technologies. There are five demo farms in Lemery that engage more farmers in boosting the town’s vegetable industry and provide more livelihood opportunities for both women and men.

Through this initiative, vegetable farmers get to have a practical and hands-on learning on integrated crop management and organic farming, and replicate on their own vegetable farms or gardens. The demo farms provide them new skills in seedling culture, land preparation, soil management, pruning, crop protection, harvesting, etc.

The farmers’ associations are also assisted by CARE and TSKI in preparing their plan for production and marketing to ensure sustainability.

“The main goals of the demo farms are to provide new skills and knowledge to more farmers in Lemery and increase their production and sales. This will be a big help to farmers who primarily generate income from vegetable farming,” said Tess Bayombong, Project Team Leader of Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance (THRA).

“These demo farms have also opened opportunities for women in rural communities like me to have a source of income and at the same time learn new practical skills,” shared Anos.

CARE’s THRA project in Iloilo is financially supported by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada. It supports the town’s vegetable value chain through the provision of financial assistance and technical training from agricultural inputs to production to trading.

Massive heatwaves across the globe cause millions to feel the heat of climate change

The Northern Hemisphere is experiencing one of the hottest summers in recent history, while heatwaves, droughts wildfires and massive crop shortfalls are currently occurring around the globe. Impacts have been widespread as Japan, Algeria and Canada have experienced heat-related deaths while wildfires ravage California, Greece and Sweden.

Many of these countries are now experiencing the reality of climate change impacts that many poor countries have been experiencing for decades. This situation will become worse if countries, particularly those that have contributed the most to climate change, do not significantly ramp up their ambition and decrease greenhouse gas emissions to prevent more frequent and intense heatwaves. Current pledges by countries are insufficient to prevent a rise in global temperature above the Paris Agreement limit of 2°C, let alone 1.5°C.

Sven Harmeling, CARE International’s Global Policy Lead on Climate Change and Resilience says, “It is irrefutable that the likelihood and intensity of current heatwaves are exacerbated by human-caused climate change. As climate change continues to escalate, the world is experiencing its consequences in the form of record temperatures, wildfires, heat-related deaths and droughts. It is vital that humans decrease their impact on climate change by immediately shifting to renewable energies to prevent a rise in temperature above 1.5°C. If we do not see countries make a significant reduction in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, the devastating impacts of climate change will further ravage the planet, particularly the most vulnerable many of whom are women and girls.”

Impacts of rising temperatures across the world are substantial. Examples of findings on record-breaking temperatures this summer include:
NASA finds that June 2018 ties for the third warmest June, globally, in the 138 years of modern record-keeping, behind June 2015 and June 2016
– This summer is likely to be hottest on record in the UK finds Met Office with daily average maximum temperatures at 20.9°C.
– Many countries break all-time temperature records such as Scotland, Northern Ireland, Russia, Iraq, Canada, Japan and Algeria
– Southern Africa has been struck by massive harvest shortfall due to lack of rain and droughts which have caused intense food and nutrition insecurity
– Wildfires across Europe have increased by 43% compared to the average over the last 10 years, according to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS). Particular countries are more affected than others, such Sweden, Greece, and the UK
– Climate change impacts are likely to worsen if the world sees a rise in global average temperatures above 1.5°C, the goal agreed upon in the Paris Agreement. For example, a recent article in Nature Climate Change found that substantially more people will be exposed to record-breaking temperatures with a 2°C warming compared to 1.5°C.

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Abaca farmer proves that women can do greater things

Corazon Umalde proves the saying “A man may work from dusk to dawn, but a woman’s work is never done.” Being a single mother, it is a tough challenge for her to entirely raise all her children and provide their needs. But because of her love for her children, she’d do everything to provide for them even if she has to harvest abaca (Manila hemp) in the mountains every day.

Abaca farmers in Antique, Philippines have experienced the devastation of Haiyan, the strongest typhoon that made landfall. Four years after the unforgettable experience, they did more than just recover. More women are now actively engaging in abaca farming and able to support their family’s needs.

Corazon and the abaca farmers in Antique are being supported by CARE, Antique Development Foundation and the Global Affairs Canada in boosting and strengthening the abaca production in the province that gives additional income to them.

Key tips for integrating resilience in humanitarian action

Why is integrating resilience into humanitarian action important?

The frequency and intensity of disasters and numbers of people worldwide affected by them continue to grow. CARE’s humanitarian mandate requires us to respond quickly to save lives in such disaster events. But many disasters and crises are also becoming chronic and multidimensional, forming ‘a new normal’ within these settings. This ‘new normal’ requires new ways of working to reduce risks, mitigate the impacts of disasters to save lives and protect livelihoods, and to harness development gains from recurring disasters. While saving lives remains CARE’s immediate priority in humanitarian action, increasing the resilience of those affected by disasters to better deal with future shocks and stresses as they arise is critical to achieving CARE’s vision of a just world, without poverty.

12 key principles for integrating resilience into humanitarian action
Participation of women, girls, boys and men, including those from marginalized groups, among the affected community is vital for increasing resilience
•Risk, and particularly vulnerability, must be understood, monitored and reduced
•Integrated approaches are needed
•We need to work differently in the face of growing humanitarian needs, more complex crises, and increasing unpredictability due to climate change
•Long-term and coordinated planning across development and humanitarian operations
•Preparedness planning
•Anticipate crisis scenarios
•Partner with a long-term aim of building resilient local organizations and structures
•Have a market-based approach
•Promote and work alongside existing national social safety net systems
•Understand and utilize the ‘first response’ value of VSLAs
Use the Resilience Marker

Antique Provincial Abaca Congress links farmers with government

Story by Dennis Amata (Communications & Knowledge Manager, CARE Philippines)

International humanitarian organization CARE and the Antique Development Foundation (ADF) continue to support abaca farmers and processors in Antique as the 2nd Provincial Abaca Congress has created another milestone in the province’s booming abaca industry.

The Abaca Congress, financially supported by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada (GAC), was held in Antique’s capital San Jose.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Senator Loren Legarda expressed their support to the event that was also attended by over 200 abaca farmers and micro-entrepreneurs as well as key officials from the national, provincial and municipal government.

The annual congress links abaca farmers, knotters, twiners and handicraft makers with the Government. CARE and ADF presented the project accomplishments, and engaged farmers and various stakeholders to address issues and challenges in terms of industry sustainability. Farmers were given an opportunity to ask key officials from the government on further support and matters related to the abaca industry.

The Philippines is a major supplier of abaca fiber in the world and the province of Antique ranks 4th in Western Visayas in terms of production volume. Abaca is used to produce fabric for clothing, cordage, specialty papers and cardboards, tea bags etc.

“Holding the Provincial Abaca Congress in Antique serves as a major step towards our long-term approach in supporting the development of abaca industry. The initiatives benefit the marginalized farmers in the province,” said Tess Bayombong, Project Team Leader of Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance (THRA).

“The abaca industry has also opened livelihood opportunities for women in Antique. Many women are now earning from abaca fiber extraction, knotting, twining and weaving,” added Bayombong.

By improving the abaca industry in Antique, the sugar migrant workers or locally known as “sakada” are given alternative sources of income.

“One of the bottlenecks in the abaca industry in Antique is low productivity in cultivation and fiber extraction. Our mountains are rich in abaca. That’s why we have brought the farmers closer to local government units and agencies so we could address this challenge,” said Rhoda Pon-an, Executive Director of ADF.

Through the THRA Project and ADF’s facilitation plus the technical support of the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA), a total of 2,416 farmers were trained in abaca cultural management from nursery to post harvest management. This addresses the lack of technical know-how on good agricultural practices and appropriate harvesting and processing techniques.

Demo farms have been established in Antique to showcase good practices and new planting protocols particularly the low-level, high-density abaca farming technology.

ADF recorded over 6,500 beneficiaries in 15 municipalities who have undergone various capacity building activities in the abaca value chain since the start of the THRA Project.

CARE has also partnered with the Metals Industry Research and Development Center of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in developing a handy and user-friendly fiber extracting tool that was named “Carerigyan,” also derived from the word CARE + kerigyan (local name for the stripping tool). Carerigyan was launched in the Abaca Congress and is expected to increase productivity of abaca strippers who currently use traditional extraction tools that require time and skills for set-up.

Through the value-chain development approach, CARE and ADF provided community organizations financial assistance and training in abaca nursery and plantation development, organic fertilizer production, fiber extraction, marketing, enterprise management and support for tools and equipment. They also receive orientations on gender and development, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

The ADF has trained farmers in abaca fiber classification and was also able to leverage prices of abaca fiber with the buyers and has increased farm gate price from 20 pesos to at least 35 to 40 pesos per kilo for third class abaca fiber and from 55.00 per kilo for 2nd class fibers to 65.00 per kilo. This provides additional income to the abaca producers.

The Provincial Government has included abaca in the Provincial Commodity Investment Plan. Governor Cadiao also signed Executive Order No. 008 series of 2017 to create the Provincial Abaca Development Committee which will oversee the industry, recommend policy, and provide consultancy assistance to the community organizations and marginalized farmers.

CARE and ADF continue to strengthen linkages with PhilFIDA, Department of Trade and Industry, DENR, Department of Agriculture, DOST, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Department of Labor and Employment, different local government units, research institutions and business development services and financial service providers.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: The Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Reconstruction Assistance (THRA) is a four-year initiative supporting the recovery efforts of people heavily affected by Haiyan in Leyte, Antique and Iloilo.

In Antique, the project supports women, farmers, entrepreneurs and other marginalized groups in boosting their livelihoods through abaca production, processing and marketing.

Age is not a hindrance to accessing opportunities

Story by Dennis Amata (Communications and Knowledge Manager, CARE Philippines)

If there is one thing that Imelda Bacor is grateful for, that is the opportunity to earn from her passion.

Imelda, a 64-year-old vegetable farmer in Lemery in Iloilo, shared that farming has been part of her system. She learned it from her parents when she was ten years old.

“I live in an agriculture-dependent town and everyone knows how to farm. It has been our primary source of income to buy our daily needs,” she said.

Imelda happily shared that she has a vegetable garden in her backyard where she grows string beans, pumpkins, eggplants, taro, jackfruit, okra, etc.

“Having a backyard garden is such a big help to us especially now that I am already a senior citizen. Vegetable farming is only my source of income.”

Imelda narrated how she and her husband struggled after Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever that hit her town. Her house was badly damaged into pieces and her vegetable garden was not spared by Haiyan’s merciless winds.

“It was really difficult to get back on our feet because we literally lost everything. My husband and I are both old so we weren’t able to rebuild faster like our neighbors. But we didn’t give up. Our son became our source of strength so we just kept going,” she said.

Imelda married when she was 40 years old. After Haiyan, her son was still in college and about to finish his studies. She nearly let her son skip his last few semesters because of financial difficulties but she kept her hopes up.

But things have turned brighter for Imelda. Her community has become part of CARE’s Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance project. With the support of the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada, CARE provided financial assistance to farmers’ associations in Lemery to boost vegetable production. This has led to income-generating activities for small-scale farmers particularly women and the elderly.

“I am extremely happy taking part in CARE’s livelihood project in my community. I joined our farmers’ association and they even elected me as the secretary.”

In partnership with local cooperative Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc., CARE has provided skill-building training and workshops on community-based enterprise management, financial literacy, values formation, disaster preparedness, and household gender sensitization that gives a deeper understanding of shared labor in a household.

To help farmers protect their farms from natural disasters, CARE has collaborated with the Department of Agriculture and the local government unit to provide training sessions on new farming technologies and good agricultural practices.

“We’ve learned so much from all the technical assistance provided to us. Before we were not mulching in our farms. We just plant traditionally without these practices that in fact can help increase our yield, said Imelda.

“I have also learned drip irrigation, which I believe is one of the most efficient ways of irrigating because it saves us water. It is easy to set up and very applicable to our area because we sometimes experience drought during summer.”

Imelda now spends most of her morning in her vegetable garden, and once a week she goes to a demo farm that CARE has helped establish. She regularly harvests vegetables that she sells in different markets in Lemery and nearby towns.

“I am thankful that I have a stable livelihood now. Through this, I was able to support my son’s education,” said Imelda.

“I am proud of my son because he recently graduated with flying colors.”

Imelda believes that age should not hinder someone to earn and access income opportunities. After all, willpower knows no obstacles.

Farmers unite for cassava production

Story by: Dennis Amata (Communications Manager, CARE Philippines)

Coconut farming was the main source of livelihood of people in the upland village of Quezon Junior in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines. But the people suffered a major blow when their coconut plantations were harshly wiped out by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013.

“Most of the people here are coconut farmers. But since coconut trees were heavily damaged by the typhoon, we had to look for other crops to plant,” shared Julieto Yahot, the president of Quezon Junior United Farmers Association (QJUFA).

This marked the beginning of seriously considering cassava as their alternative to coconuts. Cassava (scientific name: manihot esculenta) is a tuberous starchy root, high in carbohydrates, and essential to tropical diets. The roots, often compared to large yams, can weigh several pounds.

“We also tried planting cocoa but it failed to grow because of the extreme heat we experienced after Yolanda. We thought of planting cassava because we know it’s a disaster-resilient crop that could withstand both drought and strong rains,” said Julieto.

The QJUFA became one of the community associations financially supported by CARE through the Community Enterprise Facility project in partnership with the Rural Development Initiatives in the Islands of Leyte. They are further assisted by CARE through the on-going post-Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Project funded by the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) which provided them necessary trainings for success and sustainability.

The farmers of QJUFA also saw the opportunity of pursuing cassava production because of an existing stable market. Currently, the Fatima Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FMPC) in Leyte is consolidating dried cassava from different farmers’ association to sell to a large food processing company.

“Having the presence of a big buyer around is a morale booster for our farmers. It helps us look forward to harvesting that’s why most of us regularly check our plantation,” shared Julieto.

“Right now, we observe continuous increase in our cassava production. More farmers in our community became interested after knowing there is a steady market. From 25 members, we now have 82.”

The association has also expanded its communal cassava plantation up to 12 hectares.

Cassava production doesn’t just provide jobs to men but it also allowed women to have income-generating opportunities. Women hugely participate in cassava chipping and drying in which they also get paid by the association for their labour.

The association also walks the extra mile in innovating. They process cassava and other crops that also provided additional income to their members. Most of the women members are now involved in producing cassava juice, cassava cake, and turmeric/ginger tea that they sell in their neighbourhood or community markets. The association also set up its own vermicomposting facility to produce organic fertilizer.

QJUFA’s journey to recovery may look seamless but the farmers admitted that they went through hurdles that also tested their persistence.

“Though cassava is a resilient crop to changing weather, our main problem occurs after harvesting. We need to dry chipped cassava in order to sell. Normally, drying takes three days if it’s sunny. But that becomes a week of drying during rainy season,” explained Julieto.

“It is bad for cassava to get wet during drying. It may lead to mould growth that increases spoilage. Aside from that it also delays our production process.”

Julieto shared that they are now requesting solar dryer from the Department of Agriculture that they may use during rainy season. Right now they are using the flatbed dryer with UV plastic sheet as roofing which they built from the support from CARE.

Also, in partnership with FMPC, CARE has provided various relevant and useful trainings for the officers and members of QJUFA to sustain the project. CARE has conducted trainings on enterprise management that includes productivity and marketing sessions, financial literacy, gender and development, disaster risk reduction and cassava production.

“The trainings helped us to better manage our association and our enterprise. After attending those trainings, I notice the improvement in my members’ skills and outlook. They interact more with each other and negotiate better with buyers and customers,” said Julieto.

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