IFC, Bayer CropScience to train 100,000 farmers

A project by the IFC and in partnership with Bayer CropScience to help train Filipino farmers to improve productivity, business skills and access to finance.

IFC, Bayer CropScience to train 100,000 farmers

Agriculture in the Philippines employs one-third of the working Filipinos. In 2012, the industry contributed only 12 per cent of the country’s GDP which declined from 14 per cent in 2000 and 22 per cent in 1990. The decline was due to poor irrigation systems and other agricultural infrastructure, an inefficient transport and logistics chain, the high costs for seeds, fertilizers and machineries as well as the lack of training for farmers to improve their production methods and financial literacy. The low productivity in this sector will put the country at a disadvantage.

Supported by the government of Canada, the International Finance Corp. (IFC) recently partnered with Bayer CropScience Philippines to train 100,000 Filipino farmers in the next five years. The partnership aims to improve the farmers in the use of technologies, business and financial skills. The partnership also aims to complement and reinforce the training with communication tools such as email pamphlets and online videos in order to effectively reach the estimated 100,000 farmers throughout the country.


  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and...

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 501-1000

    CIDA was established in 1968 to administer the bulk of Canada's official development assistance (ODA) program. The measure of its success lies in its contribution to the achievement of the...

  • Bayer CropScience AG

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    Germany | Staff size: 10,000+

    Bayer CropScience is one of the world’s leading research-intensive companies in the agricultural industry, offering a broad range of innovative chemical and biological products for...

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Key Information

LocationPhilippines, East Asia and Pacific
  • Start Date 2014