International Partnership Projects

ProponentBioversity International (formerly IPGRI)Implementing Agencies

  • Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources
    Research and Development (PCARRD)
  • National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory (NPGRL)
  • Bureau of Plant Industry-Davao National Crops Research and Development Center (BPI-DNCRDC)
  • Department of Agriculture - Region V - Albay Experiment Station (DA-AES)
  • Department of Agriculture - Eastern Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-EVIARC)
  • Western Philippines University (WPU)

Coordinating AgencyDepartment of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)Actual DurationApril 2004 - December 2009Project Sites

  • Los Baños, Laguna
  • Aborlan, Palawan
  • Tabaco City, Albay
  • Babatngon, Leyte
  • Bago-Oshiro, Davao City

ObjectivesThe general objective of the project is to systematically conserve and utilize the tropical fruit species diversity in the Philippines.Specific Objectives

  1. To strategically identify priority fruit species for collecting, characterization, evaluation, conservation, documentation and utilization;
  1. To develop appropriate databases and document all the information available on the collections of different fruit genetic resources in various parts of the country;
  1. To develop and use appropriate techniques to characterize and evaluate the available fruit genetic resources;
  1. To suggest methods for using the evaluated genetic resources for crop improvement either through direct planting of elite materials or through breeding; and
  1. Strengthen capabilities of institutions to undertake sustained conservation and management of priority germplasm.

Expected Output

  1. National fruit species collection database
  2. Accessions of different tropical fruit species with desirable traits for utilization
  3. Framework plan for improvement of tropical fruit species


  1. 1st Annual Review - July 28, 2006
  2. 2nd Annual Review - August 23-24, 2007
  3. Progress Report (Aug 2006-July 2007) and financial report submitted in 2008
  4. Schedule 3rd annual review prior to processing of last release - US$50,000.00 by April or May 2009.

ProponentInternational Rice Research Institute (IRRI)Implementing Agencies

  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)

Coordinating AgencyDepartment of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)DurationMay 20, 2004 - May 19, 2007 (3 years)Project Sites

  • IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna
  • PhilRice, Maligaya, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija

ObjectiveTo develop elite lines specifically adapted to direct seeding method of crop establishment.Expected OutputsVarieties and elite lines of rice with yield of above 6 ton/ha for direct seeding production systems in Central Luzon, Western Visayas and Mindanao of the PhilippinesUpdates

  1. 1st Annual Review - March 9, 2006
  2. Remind to request for extension
  3. Remind to submit latest progress report
  4. Schedule 2nd review first before releasing the remaining budget by April 2009

3- Coconut-Based Product Diversification to Reduce Poverty in Coconut-growing CommunitiesProponentBioversity International (formerly IPGRI)Implementing Agencies

  • Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI) - International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT)
  • Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)

Coordinating AgencyDepartment of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)DurationJune 2005 - July 2008 (extended to Dec. 2009)Total Project Cost - Php 3,000,000.00Total Amount Released -Php 3,000,000.00Project Sites

  • Region II (Brgy. Santor, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan Valley)
  • Region IV-A (Brgy. Bulihan, San Antonio, Quezon)
  • Region VIII (Brgy. Burabod, Biliran, Biliran)
  • Region XII (Brgy. Old Poblacion, Maitum, Sarangani)

General ObjectiveTo prove and disprove through this research study that coconut farmers can improve their livelihood with appropriate technology and capital to support his income-generating activitiesSpecific Objectives

  1. To identify the factors affecting the adoption of the COGENTs 4-pronged strategy in reducing poverty in selected coconut-based communities
  1. To determine the effects of coconut-based product diversification on the income of selected coconut-based communities.
  1. To assess the performance of community based organizations (CBOs) in coconut growing communities in implementing coconut-based income-generating activities and on site conservation of high-yielding and high-value coconut varieties.
  1. To determine the effects of the inputs availability
  1. To document the project activities and come up with the recommendations after the project

Expected Output

  1. Empowered coconut farmers in coconut growing communities and sustainable production systems that significantly improved their livelihoods
  1. Diversified high-value coconut, intercrop and livestock products and new and expanded markets developed
  1. Income-generating village-level technologies which are technically feasible, financially viable, socially acceptable and environmentally safe
  1. High-yielding, adapted and high-value coconut varieties identified, characterized and conserved in farmers' fields

Research results disseminated to farmers, extension workers, researchers, policy makers and donorsUpdates

  1. 1st Annual Review - November 30, 2006
  2. Submitted 2nd annual report
  3. 2nd Annual Review - February 12, 2009
  4. Extended up to October 2009 for completion of activities

ProponentInternational Rice Research Institute (IRRI)Implementing Agencies

  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
  • International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Collaborating Agencies

  • Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) for Pampanga
  • Central Luzon State University (CLSU) for Nueva Ecija
  • Leyte State University (LSU) for Leyte
  • Agricultural Productivity Center (APC) for Bohol for the Visayas
  • University of Southern Mindanao (USM) for North Cotabato and Davao del Sur
  • DA Regional Field Units (DA-RFU)
  • Local Government Units (LGUs)

Coordinating AgencyDepartment of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)DurationJan. 2006 - December 2008 (extended to June 30, 2009)Project Sites

  • Bay and Victoria, Laguna
  • Infanta, Quezon
  • Pampanga
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Leyte or Bohol
  • Davao del Sur
  • North Cotabato

Total Project Cost - Php3,500,000.00Total Amount Released - Php2,380,500.00Remaining Balance - Php 1,119,500.00General ObjectiveTo help improve farmers' productivity by improving their access to and application of rice and other related knowledge, through the use of alternative models of technology transfer combined with relevant ICT.Specific Objectives

  1. To test and develop approaches in dealing with the range of problems faced by farmers and how best to make these options more widely known at the village and municipal levels through the use of ICT
  1. To study the effectiveness of computer-based information and knowledge dissemination to rural farmers and extension workers

Expected OutputsPilot Village component

  1. Stakeholder workshop and project team organized
  1. Project received the necessary infrastructure and training, including technical capability to ensure rice knowledge information/materials was available for use by the staff, youth and the farmers
  1. Trainers skilled in the use of rice and extension materials are available to plan and develop trainings to meet priority needs of farmers and youth
  1. Use and continuous usage of training and extension materials like RKB, PhilRice Data bank, etc in the delivery for awareness on the capability of Rice Data Bank's capability and benefits
  1. Enhanced rice production and profitability in the pilot villages

Pilot Municipalities

  1. Enhanced rice production and profitability in the pilot sites
  1. Location specific problems of farmers identified and solved
  1. Extension workers trained on ICT to identify farmers problems and make recommendations available
  1. Improved technology delivery model verified and ready for scaling up to other villages, municipalities, and provinces
  1. Farmers internet portal, databases, and call centers established and connected to OPAPA portals


  1. 1st Annual Review - August 29, 2007
  2. For submission of revised 1st annual report
  3. On-site visit on Feb 18-22, 2008
  4. Schedule 2nd annual review
  5. Waiting for the budget re-alignment
  6. Planning workshop conducted last Nov.25-26, 2008

For Completion on June 2009

ProponentBureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM)Implementing AgencyBureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM)Collaborating Agencies

  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • Federation of Free Farmers (FFF)
  • Local Government Units (LGUs)

DurationJune 2005 - January 2009 (extended)Project Sites

  • Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur
  • San Clemente, Tarlac
  • Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
  • Talibon, Bohol

Total BudgetPhp5,000,000.00Total Amount ReleasedPhp5,000,000.00DescriptionThe critical environmental concern in the Philippines today is upland degradation brought about by rapid deforestation and high population growth. Most of the country's population is affected in various ways by mountain ecology and degradation of watershed areas. Most of the inhabitants in upland areas are subsistence farmers who depend on rainfed agriculture as source of their livelihood. Rainfed agriculture is considered complex, diverse and risk prone and is characterized by low levels of productivity and low input usage. Soil erosion is common in these areas which can have a devastating impact on the vast number of people who depend on agriculture in the upland. As such, poverty, unemployment, poor health and sanitation are widespread in these areas.It is recognized that community-based watershed management approach is a key to prevent further ecological imbalance. Promoting integrated watershed development programs through effective participation of local people is essential in conserving and protecting the natural resources in the country. In addition, promoting alternative livelihood opportunities, particularly through development of employment schemes that increases the productive base, will have a significant role in improving the standard of living among the large rural population living in the upland areas.Community-based watershed management is sectoral in approach, thus result is fragmented. Intersectoral effort is not applicable since each sector has its own strategies and perspective towards land management.General ObjectiveTo improve livelihood opportunities through community-based watershed managementSpecific Objectives

  1. To promote sound soil and water conservation and management technologies in minimizing land degradation through community participation;
  2. To promote technologies and conduct of training to minimize land degradation through community-based approach;
  3. To provide employment opportunities for local community through various natural resource-based livelihood activities; and
  4. To empower rural community with technical know-how on sustainable watershed management.

Expected Outputs

  1. Employment generating natural resources-based technologies
  2. Empowered/trained farmers on sustainable watershed management
  3. Established techno-demo farms on sustainable watershed management
  4. Materials for broader adoption of soil and water conservation and management technologies
  5. Number of adoptors of soil and water conservation measures


  1. 1st annual review - July 10, 2006
  2. On-site visits - Dec. 11, 2006 - Bulacan, Dec. 12, 2006 - Tarlac, Jan. 10, 2007 - Ilocos Sur

Schedule terminal review upon submission of terminal report

ProponentThe WorldFish Center (The Philippine Office)Implementing AgencyThe WorldFish CenterCollaborating Agencies

  • National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI)
  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)

Duration1 yearProject SiteThe WorldFish Center (The Philippine Office)Total Budget -PhP 4,933,500Total Amount Released -PhP 1,500,000DescriptionA key component of the country plan for the Philippines is capacity building of local partners and institutions to ensure not only the ability to sustain current research efforts and deliver the quality of research output needed but also to reach a higher level of collaboration that will enable both partners to develop bigger and more strategic projects in the long run. The mutually beneficial relationship would sit well in any attempt to identify and implement strategic research activities that would have the highest impact to the targeted poor people dependent on fisheries and aquaculture in the country.In 2006, a consultation meeting was conducted with Philippine research partners tah identified six research priority themes for potential collaboration, namely: 1)small scale fisheries management, 2) global databases and knowledge portals, 3) global, regional and national analyses and syntheses, 4) techniques and approaches, 5) sustainable aquaculture, 6) integrated water and fisheries resource management. With the crafting of the Center's Medium Term Plan for CY 2009-2011, a more focused approach towards addressing these national concerns consistent with global IPG issues became more defined. A very significant output of this project is therefore, is the potential for identifying and jointly implementing projects that could contribute towards the development of resilient small scale fisheries and sustainable aquaculture in the Philippines.Through this project, scientists from the Philippines could get to visit successful project sites managed by WorldFish while at the same time facilitating access to WorldFish scientists who could help in assessing the technical viability or suitability of specific project areas or topics. Interaction between and among scientists could likewise allow sustained exchange of information, research materials and output that could significantly contribute to improving current and future research activities. Each year, DA-BAR and WordFish Center thru the project could develop and hopefully implement an annual country strategy plan that would serve as basis for collaborative research activities between the two institutions.General ObjectiveTo strengthen the partnerships among Philippine based researchers and scientists from WorldFish especially in sustainable aquaculture and small scale fisheries.Specific Objectives

  1. To facilitate the exchange of scientists between WorldFish and Philippine based research institutions including BAR
  2. To develop a common research agenda for the Philippines tapping on the progress of research work and lessons learned by WorldFish in other research areas elsewhere
  3. To enhance the capacity of DA-BAR staff in understanding the state of the art aquaculture technologies and strategies for improved fisheries and resource management, and
  4. To strengthen linkages between the WorldFish Center and nationbal research partners.

Expected Outputs

  1. Employment generating natural resources-based technologies
  2. Empowered/trained farmers on sustainable watershed management
  3. Established techno-demo farms on sustainable watershed management
  4. Materials for broader adoption of soil and water conservation and management technologies
  5. Number of adoptors of soil and water conservation measures

Update -Newly funded - March 2009

ProponentInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)Implementing AgencyInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)Collaborating AgenciesSelected DA-RFUs

  • Region 1
  • Region 5
  • Region 6
  • Region 7 (Province of Bohol)
  • Region 8
  • Region 9
  • Region 10

Duration -1 yearProject Sites

  • Region 1
  • Region 5
  • Region 6
  • Region 7 (Province of Bohol)
  • Region 8
  • Region 9
  • Region 10

Total Budget -Php5,000,000.00Total Amount Released -Php1,500,000.00DescriptionAdaptability of ICRISAT legume varieties under the Philippine climatic condition has potential for production and development. In fact, peanut germplasm and breeding lines/selections had already proven suitable under Philippine condition, as three (3) introduced peanut lines from India have passed the standard field testing requirements of legumes National Cooperative test (NCT).Focusing on legumes such as peanut, chicken pea, pigeonpea, sorghum and millet, ICRISAT already made significant contributions to agriculture of several semi-arid countries in the past decades. The center has successful technologies and developed crop varieties that can be shared with interested research partners to achieve wider impact. Taking advantage of the opportunities in sharing their technologies, the DA through BAR will take the lead in implementing Research and Development/Extension endeavor focusing on peanut "Asha", pigeonpea and chickpea variety field testing , to assess its adaptability and to develop appropriate production package of technologies (POTs); seed multiplication and technology promotion in selected regions in the country.This project aims to increase and diversify food production by introducing new peanut, pigenopea and chickpea varieties, dissemination of technologies to afrmers and strengthening institutional capacity.General ObjectiveThe project aims to adapt and promote suitable peanut, pigeonpea and chickpea variety/ technologies to diversify food productionSpecific Objectives

  1. To evaluate adaptability and agronomic performance of peanut, pigeonpea and chickpea variety under local conditions;
  2. To conduct on-station seed production using production area of selected RIARCs
  3. To disseminate technologies/information via techno-demo and field days; and
  4. To conduct short-term training and/or visit of DA regional staff including BAR to ICRISAT headquarters and related areas

Expected Outputs

  1. Increased number of peanut, pigeonpea and chickpea variety available for farmers use including suitable technologies
  2. Increased number and quality of trained researchers and managers within BAR and RIARCs

UpdateNewly funded - March 2009