CATEGORY: INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
WINNER: ASKI MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE (ALALAY SA KAUNLARAN, INC.)
ENTRY: “STRENGTHENING AGRICULTURE VALUE CHAINS AT ASKI”
The Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI) Multi-Purpose Cooperative’s program — ‘Strengthening Agriculture Value Chains’ — supports groups of farmers in Aurora and Nueva Ecija to make their livelihood economically sustainable. The program has provided farmers with sustainable income for their families.
During its pilot, there were 274 farmers of onion, cassava, ginger and corn that were supported by the program. A total of 77 farmers were given access to agricultural loan with a total of 1.3 million in loan releases through the ASKI Microfinance. For market linkages, ASKI has partnered with San Miguel Corporation for cassava production and Sunnybing International Trading Corporation for ginger production while ASKI Marketing Cooperative buys the farmers’ rice harvest. The farmers were also able to receive post-harvest equipment and solar dryers.