FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is Project ConVERGE?

The Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE) is an agribusiness development project that aims to help rural farmers by increasing their capacities to earn and provide better living to their respective families. Farmers within the Agrarian Reform Community Clusters (ARC Clusters) of DAR are among the target beneficiaries and expected to benefit from this multi-million project from 2016 to 2021. The project is jointly funded by the Philippine Government and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) with DAR as the lead implementing agency.

2. What are the components of Project ConVERGE?

The project is operating under the following project components:

Component A: Participatory Value-Chain Analysis and Planning

The purpose of this component is to link smallholder farmers to the existing value-chain system through value chain development plans for selected crops resulting in improved farm income.

Component B: Integrated Smallholders Agricultural and Rural Enterprise Development (I-SHARED)

I-SHARED aims to improve production, value addition and marketing of the selected agricultural commodities. It also provides necessary value chain equipment, facilities and infrastructures to enhance farmer’s productivity.

Component C: Subdivision of Collective Certificates of Landownership Award (CLOA) and Facilitation of Land Transfer Program

This component covers subdivision of Collective CLOAs to stabilize ownership and property rights in the project areas.

Component D: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Knowledge Management

This component will finance the costs of Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities of the project. In addition, the project also finance policy studies, stakeholders’ consultations and other events related to knowledge management.

3. Who are the target beneficiaries of the project?

The project’s target beneficiaries are farmers within the Agrarian Reform Community Clusters (ARC Clusters). These are Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and Smallholder Farmers (SHF) which includes Indigenous People, women, rural youth and farm workers.

4. What are the projects supported by Project ConVERGE?

The project will facilitate and finance 1) Provision of support for Farm and Enterprise Development (SFED) and 2) Investment in facilities and rural infrastructure. Relatedly, the sub-projects and activities eligible for funding are the following:

  • Farm production

For the improvement of quantity and quality of production at the farm level and phasing of production to meet market demands. The project will finance the initial costs of inputs (seeds, seedling, and fertilizers), tools and equipment, capacity development of farmers and provision of technical and farm management.

  • Value addition and diversification

For upgrade strategies to enhance enterprise development including: product development, branding, packaging, logistics, certification/accreditation, technology upgrading and training on post-harvest handling and storage, food safety and product quality.

  • Market and Investment Facilitation

To develop linkages within the value chain particularly among producers and buyers and input providers to enhance the profitability of the farm enterprises. It includes support for improving the existing market info systems, conduct of trade fairs, business and investor’s fora.

  • Rural Finance Facilitation

The project will facilitate necessary capital investment through:

  • Private sector enterprises involved in the value-chain;
  • Matching grant funds to farmers, POs and private sector organizations;
  • Assisting eligible farmers and POs to access grant funds from other sources;
  • Developing capacity of viable farmers’ organizations
  • The financial institutions to develop appropriate financing packages and products. 
  • Rural Infrastructure

The project will also finance essential rural infrastructure projects like:

  • Farm to market roads
  • Bridges
  • Drainage crossings
  • Rehab/restoration of communal irrigation systems
  • Post-harvest facility (PHF)
  • Water supply

5. How much is the budget allocated for Project ConVERGE?

The total project cost of the entire Project ConVERGE is broken down as follows:

LP          1,087.50 M
GOP      1,197.43 M
Total     2,284.93 M

6. What is the project’s implementation structure?

The project is governed and operated through the following structure:

DAR is the lead implementing agency. which also involve DA including (PCA, Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), Fiber Industry Development Authority and NIA) DENR, DTI, DOST, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and DILG-LGUs.

PSC, the PSC is the policy making body which will review and approve the Project’s Annual Work Plan and Budgets (AWPB) and Annual Procurement Plans (APP) upon the recommendation of the CPMO.

RMSC, the RMSC is an inter-agency committee that will advise the regional project implementers on major policy considerations, technical and operational issues, and will ensure participation of the region-based agencies in project implementation. It comprised (2) subcommittees – one for infrastructure and one for value chain development that will review and approve infrastructure and value chain proposals.

The Project management structure is composed of: 

CPMO, the Central Project Management Office (CPMO) headed by the National Project Director, is responsible for the over-all management and implementation of the project.

RPMO, the Regional Project Management Office (RPMO) headed by the Regional Project Director, is responsible for the management and implementation of the project at the regional level, and.

PPMO, Provincial Project Management Office (PPMO) headed by the Provincial Project Director, is responsible for the management and implementation of the project at the provincial level.

CPOT, a Cluster Project Operations Team (CPOT) is also created in each ARC cluster to manage project operation in their respective ARC Clusters. The DAR Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer heads the team that involves DAR’s Development Facilitators, LGUs (e.g., Municipal Agriculture Officer, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Planning and Development Officer, NCIP Service Center’s Officer, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer, private sector organizations and other implementing agencies as necessary.

7. How are projects identified and approved?

The projects are identified and approved through the following process:

  • Validation of priority commodities and market analysis of the potential of the major commodities for future value chain development;
  • Prioritization of the commodities and rural-based enterprises;
  • Identification of the gaps and inefficiencies in the value chains and proposed solutions and investments required;
  • Identification of associations and coops and private sector organizations wishing to participate and capable of participating in the value chain development;
  • Formulation of feasibility studies and investment plans;
  • Secure RMSC approval for the proposed enterprise projects and eligible cooperators to implement the project.

8. What is the role of the Local Government Units in the Project?

The role of the LGUs in the project is to provide financial and technical support to all sub-projects that are approved and will be implemented in their respective municipalities. LGUs are also involve in project monitoring and serves as coordinating partner in the delivery of services to reaching out farmers.

9. What is the role of the other government agencies in the project?

The role of other government agencies in the project is that they serve as policy advisor to deliberate and approve investment plans and other sub-project proposals that could benefit farmers in the ARC Clusters. They also serve as implementing partners in line with their inherent function as technology champions in their respective field of expertise. (e.g PhilRice, PhilFIDA, PCA and others).

10. How can a private sector participate in the project?

Through a value chain approach, private sectors may be able to participate in the following areas:

  • Technical aspects as service providers
  • Financing aspects as credit providers
  • Marketing aspects as buyers and traders
  • Processing aspects as processors
  • Supply aspects as input providers, and
  • Other related function within the value chain system

11. Can a farmer who is not member of any farmer-organization avail of the project?

Yes, a non ARBO member farmer may still avail but the benefit is indirect and very limited. Otherwise, a farmer may have full access to avail direct services and benefit by the time they secures membership with the project’s assisted organizations.

12. How is cost-sharing in the project divided?

The cost-sharing may vary depending on the type of project to pursue, but the usual cost-sharing schemes being applied are:

Type of Project

Funding Source

IFAD

GOP

LGU

Beneficiary

Farm Production Inputs

30%

2.5%

5.5%

62%

Value Chain Equipment

55%

10%

15%

20%

Civil Works (Infrastructure)

80%

5%

12%

3%

Technical Assistance

80%

20%

Capacity Building

75%

25%

13. How are beneficiaries qualified?

The primary consideration to become project beneficiary is that a person must be a farmer whose farm is located within the DAR’s designated Agrarian Reform Community Clusters. And, the farmer must be willing to participate to all project activities in a collective manner.

CONTACT US

MailBox:

The National Project Director
Central Project Management Office
DAR Regional Office 10
Macanhan, Carmen
Cagayan de Oro City

Email:

cpmoconverge.2017@gmail.com
km.converge@gmail.com

Telephone:

(088) 881-7934

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