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Enhancing the Agri-Aqua Food Value Chain through Smart Technologies and Partnerships towards Food Resiliency in the New Normal in CALABARZON

This study investigated the coffee value chain in the CALABARZON and developed intervention  models to create a smart food value chain. Specifically, this study intended to: 1) operationalize  the Smart Food Value Chain Framework in the coffee value chain in CALABARZON; 2) provide  an overview of the current state of the coffee industry in CALABARZON; 3) map out the coffee supply /value chains showing the a) key customers and their product requirements; b) key  players and their roles; c) activities and processes involved; d) flow of product, payment, and  information; e) logistic concerns; and, f) external influences; 4) analyze the performance of the  coffee supply /value chain, where possible, in terms of efficiency, flexibility, overall  responsiveness, and other indicators; 5) design key intervention models towards development  of resilient and inclusive agricultural food supply /value chains; and 6) integrate DOST agencies  and Regional Offices in the Smart Food Value Chain. 

Results indicate that the gap in the demand for coffee can be solved  through improvements in both the productivity and processing efficiency. In the production  sector, the optimal use of inputs that promote sustainable yield is recommended. The intensive  use of chemical inputs poses problems with decreasing productivity in the long run and further  affects the income of farmers. In the processing sector, some areas have limited processing  equipment which enables them to have a better income. Therefore, the provision of new  products and processing technology must be considered. In the marketing sector, farmers  remain individualistic and thus are not linked directly to markets. It limits the capacity of small scale farmers to sell their commodities at a higher price. 

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