DA compares success of 4Ks to 4Ps
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said it is now the time for government to conduct a study comparing the effects on poverty-alleviation and productivity of social programs of the Department of Agriculture (DA) like the 4Ks as compared to the Conditional Cash Transfer Program or 4Ps.
In 2017, DA launched the 4Ks Program or Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo, a project which assists Tribal Communities with livelihood projects to empower them and make them more productive.
The main feature of the program is the planting of tree species which could be harvested in five to eight years and while waiting for the harvest of the trees, the beneficiaries are provided with livelihood projects like native pig raising and backyard chicken raising.
Implemented by the DA through its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, the Tribal Communities are also assisted in planting coffee, cacao, sorghum, corn, adlay and vegetables.
“Through this program, the DA is espousing a different but more sustainable approach in addressing poverty while at the same time promoting greater food productivity,” Piñol said.