Regional Rice Initiative: Workshop on Curriculum Review and Results Assessment

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines 4-9 December 2015

A Regional Rice Initiative-Phase 2: Workshop on Curriculum Review and Designing Results Assessment Framework for pilot Farmer Field Schools on Save and Grow – Sustainable Intensification of Rice Production (SIRP) was held in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines on 4-9 December 2015. The workshop was organized by FAO – through the Regional IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme – in collaboration with the FAO Representation in the Philippines and the Department of Agriculture’s Save and Grow-SIRP National Programme  and its DA Regional Field Unit X. The objectives of the workshop were: (1) take stock of the latest FFS S&G-SIRP implementation progress and results in all three pilot member countries; (2) design an FFS S&G-SIRP results assessment framework, methods and workplans; (3) strengthen capabilities of member countries to carry out FFS results assessment; and (4) introduce a holistic approach (incorporating economc, environmental, health, human and social/ institutional aspects) to FFS results assessment. A total of 21 participants (5 women) participated in this workshop, including representatives from government and civil society organization implementing partners and principal investigators in RRI-Phase 2 pilot countries (Indonesia, Lao PDR and Philippines)  and other Greater Mekong Subregion countries (Cambodia and Vietnam) with potential interest in developing similar capacity building work.  The results of the assessment are intended to support the generation of national and local government policy and continued funding support for up-scaling of the RRI FFS S&G-SIRP work. The results documentation is also intended internally for FAO as a stocktaking exercise and to inform the design of future RRI work to be implemented during the 2016-17 biennium.