n Beneficiary farmers from Baggao Municipality, together with municipal authorities, the Cagayan Provincial Government, the Ministry of Agriculture and stakeholders and partners celebrate the success of the yellow maize project at a harvest festival on April 28, 2022 in Baggao, Cagayan, hosted by Cargill and Save the Children Philippines. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
BAGGAO, Cagayan: Beneficiary farmers in this city said they were able to increase their production under the Yellow Corn Project (YCP) launched by Cargill and Save the Children Philippines.
The YCP is an inclusive six-month corporate pilot project by Cargill and Save the Children that provides training on good agricultural practices, agricultural inputs, post-harvest support and integrating farmers directly into the value chain. of animal feed.
Since its launch in October 2021, more than 430 farming families have benefited from the project and demonstrated a higher level of farming process and improved livelihoods with school children, Cargill said.
Francis Samilin, a beneficiary farmer partner, shared that the training they received under the YCP improved their knowledge and skills in growing maize.
“The quality of the maize produced is good. The volume of our harvest has increased and our income has increased. If this continues, it will help us improve our status in life and the well-being of our children, especially the youngest ones. , for their education,” says Samilin.
Cargill said its 155,000 employees in 70 countries are working tirelessly to achieve their goal of feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.
In a statement, Cargill noted that every day the company connects farmers to markets, customers to ingredients, and people and animals to the food they need to thrive.
“We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and knowledge to serve as a trusted partner for customers in food, agriculture, finance and industry in more than 125 countries. Side by side, we are building a stronger and more sustainable future for agriculture,” the company said.
On the other hand, Save the Children believes that every child deserves a future in the Philippines and around the world, working every day to give children a good start in life, the opportunity to learn and to protect themselves from harm.
“When a crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We get lasting results for millions of children, including hard-to-reach children,” Save the Children said.
On April 28, Cargill and Save the Children celebrated the success of the YCP in Baggao City with municipal officials from the Cagayan Provincial Government, Ministry of Agriculture (DA), and stakeholders and partners.
Highlights of the celebration included the unveiling of a visibility marker for the flatbed dryer that was repaired as part of the project and the official announcement of Santo Domingo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) as an accredited maize supplier. yellow to Cargill.
Since March 30, Santo Domingo MPC has delivered nearly 314,000 kilos of corn to Cargill.
Monico Castro, DA Regional Office 2 Field Operations Division Chief, expressed his gratitude to Cargill for transforming Philippine agriculture and helping the corn industry in the Cagayan Valley, dubbed the capital of the maize from the Philippines.
“We are very grateful to Cargill for this initiative because since resources are scarce, we need convergence. We need collaboration in order to be able to implement programs in accordance with the OneDA framework: consolidation, modernization, industrialization and professionalization,” Castro said.
Cargill said the YCP is aligned with the OneDA framework and the national corn program.
He said this inclusive business project with small-scale maize farmers is Cargill’s official contribution to the Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (PKG) Task Force, a private sector-led multi-sector movement created to help eradicate hunger and poverty. malnutrition in the Philippines by 2030.
Cargill and Save the Children, who are active members of PKG Workstream 1, said the project has been recognized by both the DA and PKG for its contributions to improving productivity and improving the lives of smallholders. agricultural.
Cargill said it hopes to replicate this program on a larger scale with more maize cooperatives in the Cagayan Valley and even beyond.
Sonny Catacutan, president of Cargill Philippines, said empowering local farmers is key to building the resilience of farming communities, as well as addressing food security challenges.
“Building on the success of the Yellow Corn Project, Cargill hopes to find more opportunities to create value for smallholder farmers as we feed the world in safe and sustainable ways,” Catacutan added.