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With so much willingness to help the farmers and vegetable industry in the region, the Department of Agriculture XI – Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division through the Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) Inc. initiated a Market Assessment Study for Vegetables in Davao Region.

In the earlier half of the 1980's, due to the decrease of sugar prices in the international market, Negros Island, (Visayas, Philippines)

whose economic structure was supported solely by the sugar industry, experienced a great decline. At the time, a hunger relief program called the "Negros Campaign" was conducted with the help of Japanese NGOs. 30 years has passed since, and Negros' farming industry has changed dramatically.

Sugar processed from nipa is steadily becoming a favorite among local consumers, according to a veteran enterprise development specialist.

Tony Peralta who helped shepherd an infantile processing project in Surigao del Sur into one that now produces nipa sugar, says that “with today’s populations becoming more and more health conscious, it is gratifying that we have viable alternatives for our daily sweetened intakes.

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, recently organized the ECCP-Southern Mindanao Business Council

Inspired by its vision to strengthen economic ties, between Mindanao and Europe, the group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mindanao Development Authority to support sustainable businesses and promote inclusive growth for the region.

Strategy Freedom Inc. approaches rural enterprise development from an ecological perspective, that both need to coexist and not just develop processes that just consume resources but to innovate and develop enterprises that produce goods, services, and materials that help both build the community and replenish natural resources in other ways. By developing and replenishing natural resources wherever and whenever possible is the key component to true sustainable development. Project Development We here at Freedom Inc. approach project development by engaging the target communities to be part of the project development process is key to the success of its implementation. Stakeholder buy in to the way projects are developed is critical and necessary in order that the project objectives are met and embraced by the community as a whole. We incorporate the twin disciplines of a market led approach and financial viability as key ingredients to ensure project sustainability. Business Development The development of micro enterprises in rural and indigenous communities is an important strategy in bringing in inclusive and balanced growth. FREEDOM, Inc. employs a value chain approach in social enterprise development by ensuring that cooperatives and associations are equipped with right business tools to succeed within a value chain structure. We train and ensure organizations that they are able to sustain what they learned from our technical and professional staff. Value Chain Development One of FREEDOM, Inc.’s expertise is the integration of the value chain approach in its projects. This allows the farmer beneficiaries to understand their roles within the value chain structure. Given their understanding and participation in the commodity value chain system, farmers are poised to take advantage of income opportunities that are present. This can provide farmers by helping them identify business opportunities and challenges and help them upscale product and processes.

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