Sustainable Integration of Philippine Smallholder Farmers into the Global Cacao Value Chain

Southern Philippines has a persistent rural poverty problem due to small farm plots, ageing farmers, lack of knowledge and general lack of economic opportunities. This project will contribute to the achievement of SDG 8 by creating sustainable income opportunities for smallholder farmers in the Philippines by developing a more robust and diversified agri-industry based on sourcing from smallholder farmers. The project will develop a clear pathway for farmer groups to commercially engage in the global cocoa value chain of Mars and Kennemer Foods. More specifically, Mars and Kennemer Foods have developed a unique mutually beneficial program providing farmers with technical support and long-term financing. The project will support 1,000 smallholder farmers in participating in the grower program. Support provided by PBSP in collaboration with other the partners includes establishing collaborative models and structures among smallholder farmers to build voice, create economies of scale, increasing technical know-how, and access to finance for planting cacao within an integrated cropping system. 

Administrative Partner PBSP - Philippine Business for Social Progress
Key Commercial Partner Kennemer Foods International
Other Partners Agronomika Finance Corporation, Mars Foods
Country Philippines
Sector Agriculture & agro-processing
Open / Closed Open
Duration July 2019 - June 2025
Approval Year 2018