Coffee seen as key to Cebu town’s exit from poverty
The government is giving a boost to the coffee industry of Tuburan town in Cebu through its Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP), a focused poverty reduction program.
Stakeholders in Cebu have identified the coffee industry as a potential driver of inclusive growth that will raise the incomes of the poor in the area.
Based on coffee site visits and an assessment of the 2,000 hectares planted to coffee in Tuburan, the ASAPP Cebu team developed technical assistance projects to enable the town’s local coffee growers sector to increase production and sell to wider markets.
These include technical assistance on coffee production, coffee handling practices, and post-harvest facilities as first steps. The team also found the need to provide coffee seedlings and funds for fertilizers, as well as for post-harvest facilities and facilities for coffee bean grinding/processing.