The Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger (IATF-ZH), through the Office of Cabinet Secretary Karlo A.B. Nograles, recently hosted a webinar entitled Kasapatan at Ugnayan ng Mamamayan sa Akmang Pagkain at Nutrisyon (KUMAIN). Around two hundred eight (208) agricultural cooperatives and cooperatives engaged in marketing of agricultural products all over the country, including BARMM, participated in the webinar. It was also attended by CDA officials led by Chairman Undersecretary Joseph B. Encabo, Executive Director Ray R. Elevazo, Regional Directors and their staff.
Secretary Nograles, Chairperson of IATF-ZH, said that they developed a project to help create and establish the agricultural end-to-end supply chain and marketplace, thru a digital platform – DELIVER-E (Click here for DELIVER-E Website). Furthermore, the project aims to address the fragmented agriculture supply chain prone to disruptions, massive food wastes, huge losses for farmers and higher costs and lower quality for consumers.
As explained by Mr. Arvi Miguel of Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP), DELIVER-E (Click here for DELIVER-E Website) is a single digital supply chain platform that connects farmers to buyers across a value chain. It provides an opportunity for cooperatives and farmer groups/organizations to expand the marketing of their products as sellers. Through the said Platform:
- farmers can directly market to traders and other bulk buyers through its “Marketplace,” and then negotiate for “appropriate or fair” farm gate prices;
- farmers can plan their production, having visibility of any given buyer’s requirements;
- the Logistics module will optimize the delivery and order fulfillment of buyers as well as track the status and location of each order; and
- buyers can easily source out their demand requirements from any vendor (enrolled in the Platform), thereby enabling a more consistent and steady supply for their products.
In his solidarity message, Usec. Encabo pledged his full support to the project, enjoining all cooperatives to be involved, respond and take advantage of the technology designed to increase their income and be part of the agro-industrial development in the country.
The webinar was undertaken in coordination with the CDA to help encourage cooperatives to consider the option of expanding the marketing of their produce as sellers through the said Platform.