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Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiatives Inc (Atikha), Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative (SIDC) and Filipino Women’s Council (FWC) Italy have forged a partnership to be able to mobilize the resources of Filipino migrants towards agri-based cooperatives in the Philippines. Atikha is a non-government organization working on maximizing the gains and minimizing the social cost of migration in the Philippines. SIDC is the largest agri-based cooperative in the Philippines and FWC is a migrant organization involved in rights based initiatives for migrants and their families in Italy.
The decision to invest in agricultural cooperative resulted from a meeting between FWC and Atikha. Based on a study, it highlighted the need to support farmer families of migrant Filipinos through cooperatives providing them with access to credit, market and resources. The farmer families of migrant Filipinos need cheaper loans and access to market as their earnings are being taken by middle men/loan sharks. The families acknowledge that dependency on remittance can be minimized if they owned the land and other resources required for production.
This project on Mobilizing Migrant Resources Towards Agri-based Cooperative is currently being assisted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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