The expansion phase of the Special Programme will
emphasize policy reforms, training and investment required
to create an environment for increasing food production.
Philippine farmers adopt integrated pest
In order to remove barriers to food production and heop
the agricultural sector, socio-economic and political action
on issues such as tariffs, rural financing, exchange rates,
credit, good business codes, welfare transfers, property
rights, food processing and inputs will be encouraged.
Field schools will enable farmers to learn "on the job"
and help create a positive partnership with extension
workers and research staff. Transfer of management skills to
members of water-use groups, credit and marketing
associations, and community development groups will enhance
the chances of successful adoption of improved practices.
Funds for investment -- by both public and private
sectors -- in essential infrastructure and marketing
services will be mobilized in accordance with locally
identified priorities, as spelled out in the National Action
Plan developed by each participating country.