BPI Collaborates with Partners to Empower Farmers and Fisherfolk Across the Nation

BPI, through its social development arm, the BPI Foundation (BPIF), has established transformative partnerships to boost agricultural sustainability, empower local communities, and enhance economic resilience across diverse regions in the Philippines. The Farm-to-Table program, aligned with BPI Foundation’s theme “Kasama Lahat sa Pag-Unlad” (Together in Progress), is a comprehensive initiative designed to uplift the lives of Filipino farmers and fisherfolk by focusing on capacity building, education, innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, market access, and financial inclusion. These partnerships, fueled by BPIF’s dedication to fostering inclusive growth and sustainable development, tap into the expertise of key collaborators to drive positive change nationwide.

Under the project named “Enhancing Market Potential, Opportunities, Welfare, and Economic Resilience (EMPOWER),” BPI Foundation collaborates with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to support smallholder rice farmers in San Carlos, Negros Occidental. This initiative aims to fortify local rice production, ensure food security, and combat malnutrition, in line with BPI Foundation’s strategic focus on the Visayas region. The project also encourages the adoption of sustainable practices, enhances productivity, and broadens income opportunities through the introduction of climate-resilient technologies and capacity-building workshops.

Expanding its commitment, BPI partners with Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. for the “Agricultural Services to Elevate Farmers towards Sustainable Food Security and Livelihood” (AgrElevate) project, benefiting farmers and fisherfolk in Leyte, Leyte Province. This initiative emphasizes integrated farming systems and sustainable fishing to boost food production, livelihoods, and local value chain linkages.

The “Forming Alliances for Resilient Marketing and Enterprise Development” (FARMEr) Project in collaboration with Kasilak Development Foundation, Inc., focuses on benefiting vegetable farmers in Asuncion, Davao del Norte. This project aims to increase vegetable production and integrate livestock raising as a supplemental livelihood.

In addition, the “Market-Oriented Vegetable Production and Enterprise” (MOVE) project, in partnership with Mahintana Foundation, Inc., concentrates on enhancing productivity and addressing post-harvest losses to increase income for smallholder vegetable farmers in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Since 2019, BPI’s Farm-to-Table initiative has connected consumers directly with local farmers and fisherfolk, boosting incomes without raising prices. These partnerships also encourage entrepreneurship among farmers, promoting sustainable practices, crop diversification, market exploration, and value-added products. These efforts stimulate rural job creation and economic growth. The programs include modules for financial literacy, agri-entrepreneurship, capacity building, community organization, and environmental protection, ensuring sustainable livelihoods, empowering farmer entrepreneurs, and improving well-being among beneficiaries.

Recognizing the pivotal role of agriculture in the Philippines, BPI remains committed to promoting responsible banking and sustainability programs for community well-being. Through collaborative efforts with government institutions and private organizations, BPI continues to take significant strides toward creating a financially inclusive nation, contributing to its mission of helping build a better Philippines – one family, one community at a time.

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