Next stop for Vicky was PhilRice and a workshop on Participatory Impact Pathway Analysis (PIPA). The 3-day workshop was sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with IRRI-PhilRice. It was attended by over 40 stakeholders from across the country who have been working to bring change within the agricultural sector.

NGO team at work

NGO team at work

The workshop was centered around a new ABD funded project to bring self-sufficiency in rice production to the Philippines by 2013 by reducing pre- and post-harvest losses through the use of improved technologies. Vicky was asked to join this new “learning alliance”, which uses collaboration and networking across different sectors of society in order to identify new approaches and solutions to achieve project goals.

Workshop participants

Workshop participants

Vicky with members of the new alliance team

Vicky with members of the new alliance team

RICE, Inc. has a lot offer in the area of collaborative networking as it has worked hard to develop cross sector support for the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project. Recently, RICE, Inc held its own evaluation and planning workshop, which brought together farmers, government officials and other interested participants in a facilitated seminar on how to move the Cordillera Heirloom Rice Project forward.

All participants in the workshop are committed to the vision of using the learning alliance (the new stakeholders group) to support each other. Vicky instantly used this new alliance during her next meeting with the engineers at PhilRice, as they discussed how to support the farmers as they develop their post-harvest processing capabilities.

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