Qualification in the food sector
The choice of the food economy as pilot sector reflects development needs and potentials. The Philippines are a net importer of foodstuffs. Farming and the further-processing food economy are not productive enough and do not fulfil common standards of food safety and quality.
The aim of the pilot project is to improve the quality of products by means of vocational training at the three levels of the value-added chain in the food economy (production, processing, trade) and to fit those involved for production in accordance with the quality standards in force at any time.
(Good Agricultural Practice)-compliant. The farmers’ associations in Negros Oriental and Cebu Province are set to do the same in the course of 2016.
For the purposes of catch-up vocational training training courses in specific vocational fields (e.g. baking, butchery, food technology) have been offered by the trade & industry chambers for the food sector since 2013.
The chambers’ portfolio further includes services and training seminars in the area of GMP (good manufacturing practice) or HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points).
With the OURFood vocational training partnership programme the AFOS Foundation for Enterprise Development Cooperation in close cooperation with local partners, the Chamber of Industry and Trade in Cebu (CCCI) and those in Bacolod and Dumaguete have been supporting more than 800 farmers and 150 food producers earning a basic income mostly well below the poverty level.
The AFOS Foundation offers under the programme training, further-training and certification through the trade & industry chambers to raise the competitiveness of the businesses and their product quality and open up new markets.
Economic background conditions are thereby created that ensure our target groups lastingly stable incomes, open up long-term economic prospects and enable them and their families to live worthwhile lives.
A very satisfying and gratifying task for me as programme manager!
My very hearty thanks for your support!
Dietmar Speckmaier, long-term expert for OURFood in the Philippines
More information is available on the official Website of the OURFood Project here.