Organic Agriculture performs multiple functions such as reducing the cost of cultivation, accessing premium organic markets, improving human health, and conserving natural resources and the environment. It relies primarily on local, renewable resources in preference to off-farm inputs such as synthetic agrochemicals and genetically modified organisms. The use of scientific and indigenous knowledge together is needed to ensure that Organic Agriculture is healthy, safe, and ecologically sound.
Driven by growing consumer concerns about food safety and the need for healthier lifestyles, the global market for organic products is expanding fast, resulting in greater opportunities for Asian producers. Organic agricultural and food products, however, remain niche products, although they command premium prices. Marketability at a premium depends on consumer confidence in the authenticity of organic products. Thurs, producers need a way to assure consumers that a product has been grown using organic methods. This requires a credible system of organic standards, certification, and traceability in place.
The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is implementing a self-learning e-course from December 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016 (5 months). The course aims to provide basic knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques of production, processing, certification, labeling, and marketing of organic agricultural and food products.
The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.apo-elearning.org/moodle19/. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration starts at 10:00 am on December 1, 2015.
As the National Productivity Organization, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) is in charge of the coordination and promotion of the program at the local level. In this regard, DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.
Successful participants who passes the final exam will earn a Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and an opportunity to be invited to participate in a face-to-face training in any of the 18 APO member countries co-sponsored by the APO (subject to other qualification requirements and standards of the project).
For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/DAP Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2126, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);
Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.