Prior to the end of his term as Department of Agriculture chief, former Secretary William Dar launched the Philippine Action Plan for Family Farming (PAP4FF), with the goal of “Masaganang Ani, Mataas na Kita, at Marangal na Buhay ng Pamilyang Magsasaka” or “Abundant Harvest, High Incomes, and Dignified Life of Family Farmers.”
According to former Secretary Dar, the action plan emphasizes the whole-of-nation approach to strengthening family farming through innovation, sustained cooperation and development of support mechanisms.
With the former Secretary was Rosanna Mula, the former Agricultural Training Institute Assistant Director and National Focal Person, who reiterated the goals of PAP4FF that will tackle critical areas such as Policy and Program, People, and Partnerships.
Through PAP4FF, family farmers will hopefully gain enabling policies and programs to support their agricultural activities. The PAP4FF also aims to ensure gender equality, socio-economic inclusion, strong farmer organizations, sustainability, climate resiliency, holistic development, and enhanced multifunctional roles for family farmers.
Moreover, the former Secretary emphasized that it’s high time for the farmers and fisherfolk to receive the necessary support from the government and other stakeholders as they have been at the forefront of the country’s food security challenges.
Read more from this report by Gumamela Celes Beharin (DA-AFID).