SAMAR ISLAND SEAWEEDS VALUE CHAIN NETWORK (Seaweeds Net)(Providing marginalized farmers &fisherfolks sustainable and nature-friendly alternative source of livelihood thereby stabilizing the supply availability and quality of seaweed raw materials while earning substantial returns for their households.)
BiriCapul These are island municipalities in Northern Samar. Small fishers used to plant seaweeds here but they were faced with problems of unstable market & cases of ice-ice and epiphytes.
PROCESS/ FUNCTION CONCERNS AGREEMENTMARKETINGcurrent market: MCPI, Cebu requires 20 tons a month Expansion in productionLOCAL CONSOLIDATION In barangays (local consolidators are PO members) quality free from foreign matters like straw, sand, etc traceability labels/tags on sacks number coding price depends on prevailing market price (farm gate price may range from P35-40) payment COD to farmersDRYING technology Hanging, platformsHARVESTING 30 daysPRODUCTION/FARMING technology Single floating long line No. of meters/line 35 meters x 14 lines per farmer; 250 gms per clipBasic requirementsLGUs a Coastal Resource Use map indicating areas designated as seaweed farming zonesFarmers membership in a registered fisherfolk organization in the municipality where the nursery is to be located; production planSEEDLINGS variety cotonii (spinosum will be accepted, separately packed) quality free from diseases source Nurseries in Capul , BFAR
In the process, we lost some : ( and gained more… : )
A seaweeds scientist is a member of the network.
Mr. Maximo Ricohermoso of MCPI talks to seaweed farmers
The Governor of Northern Samar during the Provincial Seaweeds Conference
MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PROCESSES• “Complex problems require innovative solutions. Innovative solutions are created when diverse stakeholders are able to meet, share experiences, learn together and contribute to decisions.”• Multi-stakeholder processes are: processes that aim to involve stakeholders in improving situations that affect them forms of social interaction that enable different individuals and groups, who are affected by an issue, to enter into dialogue, negotiation, learning, decision making and collective action about getting government staff, policy makers, community representatives, scientists, business people, and NGO representatives to think and work together
Stakeholders are involved in a learning process Involves stakeholders workingWorks across different towards a common goal sectors Has a focused objective to bring about changeEngages with structural & CHARACTERISTICS OF institutional change A MULTI- STAKEHOLDER PROCESS Involves creating agreement on rules of cooperation and Deals consciously with power & process conflict Integrates bottom-up & top-down strategies
Three Core Elements Principles Practice The Dynamics of How to Design and Transformative Facilitate MSPs Change Rationale Governing for Sustainability and Equity in a Complex World
PRINCIPLESWorking with complexity Fostering collective learning Reinventing institutions Shifting power Dealing with conflict Enabling effective communicationPromoting collaborative leadership
THE SAMAR ISLAND SEAWEEDS VALUE CHAIN NETWORK (SEAWEEDS NET)The market –MCPI – the private sectorTrade facilitator (SPPI)• While a trader is defined by Wikipedia as “one who attempts to generally buy wholesale and sell later at a profit; ” trade facilitation is described as “involving a wide range of activities centered on lowering trade transaction costs.Seaweeds farmers – numbers are increasing (incentives: study tours,awards; i.e. most innovative seaweed farmerThe NGOs which provide community organizing, participatorydevelopment governance, access to markets and finance, gender andenvironment advocacies, services and program support.• NGOs are given the role as convenor in the Samar Island Seaweeds Value Chain Network or Seaweeds net.
Seaweeds NetSupport from the government:• Office of the Local Chief Executives through the Municipal Agriculturists• Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Northern Samar Province, Region 8 and Central Office)• Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office• Provincial Governor’s Office – Gov. Paul Daza promised to match Seaweeds Net’s needs with his office’s program.The Academe thru Dr. Ronelie Salvador who is a recognizedseaweeds scientist in the Philippines.ICCO, with its Value Chain Facilitation, who has beenmentoring/coaching us with our value chain processes and has beenproviding us with organizational, technical and financial support.
DAMO GID NGA SALAMAT JOELYN SOLDEVILLA BIAG EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SPPILEAD CONVENOR, SEAWEEDS NET