The 3rd Annual Partners’ Meet under FoodSTART+ was held from the 4th to the 7th of September, 2018 at Shillong, Meghalaya. The event was the first Annual Partners' Meet hosted by India. The Meet brought together 40 participants from the IFAD investment project across four countries (Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Peru), officials from IFAD, FoodSTART+ project staff, MBDA/MBMA staff members, subject matter experts and resource persons.
On the 4th of September, 2018, the programme kicked off at the State Convention Centre in Shillong. Shri Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya graced the occasion as chief guest. As part of the programme, an official Business Launch was also conducted for the six (6) Farmers’ Business Schools (FBS) newly established in West Garo Hills and East Khasi Hills. The aim of the launch was to provide a platform for the farmers and the FBS to connect with participating buyers and market representatives. The Business Launch also showcased the various produce and value added products of each of the FBS’ and featured business pitches by the FBS’, including sessions of business negotiations between the buyers and sellers.
The “Food Resilience Through Root and Tuber Crops in Upland and Coastal Communities of the Asia-Pacific” (known as FoodSTART+) is a three-year project (2015-2018) led by the International Potato Center (CIP) and implemented in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB). The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and works in four core countries in Asia (India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam) and two supplementary target countries (China and Myanmar).
The project aims to enhance food resilience among poor households in upland and coastal communities of the Asia-Pacific region through introducing root and tuber crops (RTCs) innovations. To achieve this goal at scale, the project develops, validates and implements effective partnership strategies with IFAD investment projects to promote RTCs for food security.
In Meghalaya, FoodSTART+ is implemented in partnership with the Meghalaya Livelihoods and Access to Markets Project (MeghaLAMP) and the project has since implemented a series of activities in Meghalaya as highlighted below: