Bayer program trains women in agricultural financial management

Danessa Rivera – The Filipina Star

August 14, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines – As women play a greater role in the agricultural supply chain, Bayer Philippines Inc. has launched a program with the Asian Society for Social Upgrading and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) to train women farmers on family planning, farmer personal care, and basic farm financial management.

The program called Bayer Kubo was launched with ASSIST in Brgy. Cabanbanan, Manaoag, Pangasinan where its Bayer Learning Center is located.

The Bayer Learning Center is a place for community farmers where they can learn best practices and see the latest solutions available for vegetable production.

Through Bayer Kubo, Bayer Philippines will organize capacity and capacity building programs for smallholder farmers that combine health and agriculture by addressing family planning, personal care and nutrition, as well as financial management and agricultural best practices.

This will enable women farmers and farmer wives to get expert-led training in family planning, farmer self-care, and basic farm financial management.

“This Bayer Kubo is where Bayer in the Philippines brings together our three divisions: Consumer Health, Pharmaceuticals and Crop Science into one program to support our farmers,” said Angel Michael Evangelista, Managing Director of Bayer Philippines Inc. and Head of the national pharmaceuticals division. .

“With the increasing role of women in Philippine agriculture, who face competing demands to care for their families while ensuring they contribute to agricultural labor and productivity, we aim to support women farmers and wives of farmers through health, wellness and sustainable farming practices — contributing to Bayer’s vision of “Health for All, Hunger for None,” he said.

Through the pilot program, Bayer Philippines and ASSIST aim to empower more than 100 women farmers as community champions who will provide ongoing knowledge sharing and capacity building to train 1,500 additional community members on family planning best practices, empowerment of farmers and smallholder farmers. Support.

“As ASSIST moves forward in this partnership with Bayer Philippines, we will remain committed to creating more capacity building opportunities that meet the needs of women farming communities in Manaoag, Pangasinan,” said ASSIST Executive Director, Francis Macatulad.

“We recognize that other farming communities would greatly benefit from our intervention. As such, we hope to replicate the Bayer Kubo program in other farming communities and sites in the Philippines,” he said.

The Bayer Kubo is Bayer Philippines’ local corporate social engagement (CSE) program that began by encouraging and supporting communities to grow their own produce while promoting an integrated and holistic approach to growing nutritious foods using responsible agricultural practices.

To date, Bayer Philippines has established three Bayer Kubos in different communities: in Ususan, Taguig; in Calauan, Laguna; and in Payatas, Quezon City in partnership with NGOs such as Rise Against Hunger and AGREA.

Geraldine L. Melton