The 3rd Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Congress is set once again to bring together CPAR farmers and fishers, project leaders, researchers, and partners as they highlight and share noteworthy accomplishments, success stories and relevant technologies out of CPAR on November 15-16, 2016 in Clark, Pampanga.
This year’s congress is expecting about 250 participants coming from the Department of Agriculture (DA) national and regional offices, members of the Local Government Units (LGUs), and CPAR farmer beneficiaries and adopters from different parts of the country.
CPAR, one of the flagship programs of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), has been benefiting a total of 11,517 farmers nationwide for the past 17 years. It was in 2014 when BAR institutionalized the yearly conduct of the CPAR Congress, which is now perceived to effectively bring out the best among stakeholders, especially the local farmers and fishers through showcasing of matured technologies while forging stronger linkages leading to a better implementation of CPAR.
With this year’s theme, “Masaganang Buhay para sa Magsasaka’t Mangingisdang Pilipino sa Pamamagitan ng Progresibong Agrikulturang Pananaliksik at Pag-unlad,” the congress carries a timely vision of a food secure, progressive agrifishery in lieu of the DA’s pronouncements under its new administration, focusing on food sufficiency and maximum productivity of Filipino farmers and fishers.
Relevant to this pursuit, the congress will feature topics that will showcase outstanding project results comprising of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) implementation, community organization, production management, marketing and product development, rollover scheme/financial management, LGU support, enterprise development, effective collaborations, and participatory monitoring and evaluation.
There will also be presentations of special topics relevant to improving the CPAR implementation such as market linkaging, farmers’ business school, and agritourism by invited experts from DA- Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), DA-Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), and Ms. Rose Mary Aquino of DA-CVRC, respectively.
Also, there will be an exhibit of various products developed through the CPAR projects, as well as posters depicting processes, implementation, and significant results and project impact of CPAR.
For BAR, service to the agrifishery frontliners—the farmers and fishers— is the focus of the CPAR program. ### (Daryl Lou A. Battad)