Updated: Apr 3, 2020
With the goal of making the livelihood of upland farmers in Cabalawan sustainable in the face of the climate change effects on soil [Agriculture Category], World Vision initiated the first Social Innovation Challenge in the Philippines. This encouraged entrepreneurs nationwide to share innovative ideas to help the targeted communities with their problems. With this, AtoANI took on the challenge, became part of the finalists and got the 2nd place among those who gave a pitch during "The Final Pitch" at Novotel Manila Araneta Center last August 2019.
(To know more about the challenge details visit https://challenge.worldvision.org.ph/)
Prior to "The Final Pitch", the AtoANI team was subjected to a 3-day Boot Camp and learned a lot about Social Innovation, further improved their solution, got inspired from guest social entrepreneurs and got a chance to practice for the pitch with the help of mentors from British Council and World Vision.
The finalists for the Challenge were evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges during the "The Final Pitch" which include: Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary (Tonisito Umali), CNN Philippines' The Final Pitch Host and Executive Producer (John Aguilar), Hub of Innovation for Inclusion Director (Abigail Mapua-Cabanilla), J Amado Araneta Foundation Executive Director Christine (Diane Romero), and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (Rolly Solidum).
Joining the challenge gave AtoANI the opportunity to pitch their ideas to like-minded individuals who also support uplifting the lives of the Filipino farmers. With this, it continues to uphold its advocacy to get more people involved in sustainable farming practices.
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Let us all help in helping our farmers and our environment through sustainable farming.
We are looking for the following partners: Small-hold Farmers, Farmer Organizations and Institutional Customers (Restaurants, Retail Stores, Concessionaires, etc.)
News about the Social Innovation Challenge can be seen on the following media channels:
World Vision Website