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18/05/2010: Ambassador Gaa Lauds the Philippine DA-Agricultural Training Institute’s E-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries

Ambassador Gaa Lauds the Philippine DA-Agricultural Training Instituteâs E-Extension Program for Agriculture and Fisheries

18 May 2010. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa (3rd from left) met with officials from the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) who are visiting the United States for a study tour organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The officials presented the Philippines’ e-extension program systems (Farmers’ Contact Centers) at the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development Learning Center and attended seminars at the Cornell University Cooperative in New York City on 14 May. USDA also arranged briefings for the delegation that focused on bioenergy, nutrition, climate change and food security.

Ambassador Gaa lauded ATI’s pioneering efforts in using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to help improve the Filipino farmers’ and fisherfolks’ income and productivity. The Philippines is one of the few Asian countries that first developed e-extension program systems.

L-R: Economic Officer Angelito Nayan; USDA National Program Leader (Forest Biology) Catalino Blanche; Ambassador Gaa; ATI Director Asterio Saliot; Ms. Antonieta Arceo, OIC-ATI Knowledge Products Management Division (KPMD); and Ms. Pamela Mappala, Asst. Chief, KPMD. END