DAVAO CITY-  At least 80 personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform trained on participatory rural appraisal in support of community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR).

On November 7-10, Minister Mohammad S. Yacob, Ph.D., led the activity with the Director of Research, Development, and Extension Services, Tong A. Abas, and Engr. Baidido S. Lawan, SRS II, CPAR focal person.

The four-day activity aims to strengthen the capacity of the technical staff of MAFAR RDE Services to conduct Community-based participatory research, specifically on the participatory rural appraisal.

Minister Yacob said this training is the beginning of an innovation strategy, and this is the part where the Research, Development, and Extension Services of MAFAR will continue to boost its programs, plans, and project implementation for the Bangsamoro people.

He said that MAFAR is mandated to strengthen its research services for the region’s economic growth and especially for our farmers, fisherfolk, and Agrarian reform beneficiaries.

“We have to maximize our strategies and effort to achieve the goal and objective of the Ministry,” the Minister emphasized.

The CPAR program is an extension modality and an innovative approach to Research for Development (R4D) that focuses on the verification, demonstration, and adoption of agricultural technologies at the community level.

CPAR’s primary goal is to modernize agriculture and fisheries through an efficient and effective R&D system.

Meanwhile, Director Abas said, “I am grateful that our officials, personnel, and staff researchers from regional to provincial office participated in our training in order for them to enhance the role of research, development, and extension in technology transfer and production management system in the region.

“This training will not only benefit us but also our Bangsamoro communities that we are catering to since we are here to develop strategies for the efficient integration of enterprise development for agribusiness and fisheries support services,” he said.

Moreover, the following weeks will be a continuation of training on technical writing and proposal writing that will be conducted in Davao City.