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US-backed online platform delivers agri products amid COVID

By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

The US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting a local online delivery platform to deliver farm products to consumers during the COVID-19 crisis.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim

USAID worked closely with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the private sector, led by Philippine logistics technology startup Insight Supply Chain Solutions, to establish DELIVER-e, a digital platform connecting Luzon farmers to buyers through an innovative, end-to-end electronic market system that addresses supply chain gaps during community quarantine.

“We are proud to work with the Philippine government and private sector to open new distribution channels for agricultural produce, which will restore farmers’ incomes and support food security,” said US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.

Through the DELIVER-e platform, which better links producers with consumers, farmers generate more income by selling fresher fruits and vegetables to buyers and less food goes to waste.

DELIVER-e is part of a P900-million USAID initiative to advance the country’s competitiveness and boost trade and investment, especially for micro-, small- and medium-size enterprises.

Since its launch in early April, DELIVER-e has enabled sales of more than 156,000 kilograms of fresh fruits and vegetables through its first two e-marketplaces, Gulay ng Bayan and City Farms Philippines, and facilitated the movement of fresh produce to institutional and individual buyers in Metro Manila.

“Our hopes are renewed. We have hope that even after COVID-19, we can have secure income, and vegetables and fruit won’t go to waste],” the US embassy statement quoted Mylene Rafer, a 38-year-old pineapple farmer from Camarines Norte.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://business.mb.com.ph/2020/06/01/us-backed-online-platform-delivers-agri-products-amid-covid/)

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