By upao - Posted on 18 September 2013

PhP 79,390.00 worth of coffee farming supplies were turned over to the Sagpat Farmers Association on September 4, 2013 for the CHED funded research project Coffee-based Farming Systems for Poverty Alleviation in the Municipalities of Bakun and Kibungan, Benguet Province, Cordillera Administrative Region. This was received by Arnold C. Ampal, president of the Sagpat Farmers Association, one of the project beneficiaries.

The University has turned over PhP 79,390.00 worth of coffee farming supplies to the Sagpat Farmers Association on September 4, 2013. This is through the research, “Coffee-based Farming Systems for Poverty Alleviation in the Municipalities of Bakun and Kibungan, Benguet Province, Cordillera Administrative Region” funded by CHED.

The research is a development intervention that hopes to provide positive changes in the living standards of people in Bakun and Kibungan. These two Benguet municipalities are classified as 4th class municipalities and were identified by the research project as areas that could be developed to become economically self-sufficient. Both municipalities are generally agriculture areas with semi-temperate climate conducive to grow Arabica coffee, semi-temperate vegetables, and rootcrops.

The team behind this research project is Julia A. Solimen (Project Leader), Andres Basalong and Sergio Gayao (Project staff members) with farmer-cooperators Luisa Carbonell for Bakun and Leo Tibangay for Kibungan.

The team has already conducted training activities on leadership capability and values orientation as well as technical skills and entrepreneurship among LGUs and farmer organizations. Currently, the project is on the monitoring and evaluation stage. //JST