MANILA, Philippines — A Filipina received an award from the World Cocoa Foundation in Washington, D.C. for promoting development opportunities for Filipino cocoa farmers.
Josephine Ramos, founding member and Operations Manager of Cocoa Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CocoaPhil), was cited for her “commitment and passion" for the small cocoa farmer.
"CocoaPhil (www.cocoaphil.org), a member of the WCF, is the umbrella organization for the Philippine cocoa industry actively promoting integrated and sustainable development practices by providing assistance on cocoa production, post-harvest processing, pest and disease management and marketing," the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
It said Ramos was given the award during WCF’s 15th Partnership Meeting reception in Washington, DC.
CocoaPhil’s Success Alliance program, aimed at assisting at least 15,000 smallholder cocoa farmers, received funding from USAID (2002-2005) and the US Department of Agriculture (2006-present).
It also has support from the WCF and Mars, Inc., along with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the LGUs in Basilan, Palawan, Northern Luzon, Davao, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Antique. - GMANews.TV