Cagayan de Oro City – To ensure that agreements during the concluded Midterm Review Mission last November were properly undertaken, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will conduct a Follow-Up Mission for the Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project
ConVERGE) from April 8-12, 2019.

Project ConVERGE’s National Project Director Faisar Mambuay said that the mission is a regular activity being conducted by the project.

“This particular mission will review and evaluate how the project implemented actions agreed during the last Midterm Review (MTR) Mission, with specific focus on agreed strategic approaches”, Mambuay explained.

Last November, during the projects midterm review, various agreements need to be acted pertaining to the projects efforts on capacity-building for business development and market linkages.

“All the more that this mission will vitally look at these project concerns because we deal with the value-chain of the farmer’s products,” he added.

The follow-up mission team will be composed of IFADs Country Director Alessandro Marini, Country Programme Officer Jerry pacturan, Special Adviser Yolando Arban, Procurement Specialist Arthur Tantuan and Financial Management Specialist Zidni Marohombsar.

During the week-long mission, the team will visit select project areas in Regions 9, 10
and Caraga.

The Project ConVERGE is jointly funded by IFAD and implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform which intends to promote sustainable livelihoods for 300,000 farmers of rice, rubber, coffee, cassava and coco sugar. It started in 2015 and will end in 2021.