Project Accomplishments

    The continuing implementation of the SAPAT Program still remains one of the highlights of the extension activities of the College. The SAPAT Project "Sapat at Masustansyang Pagkain sa Bawat Tahanan" (Sufficient Nutritious Food in Every Household), funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Farmers Community Development Foundation International (FCDF) with the Apayao State College as the implementing partner, has developed a model to enhance food security and nutrition in the poor provinces like Apayao. Apayao is a member of the Club 20, the identified twenty poorest provinces in the country.

    The full implementation of the SAPAT project in Apayao with the project's four developmental components namely: a) "Garden in Every home"; b) native chicken; c) production of organic fertilizer; and d) "Fruit tree in Every Home" provided a scheme whereby a variety of vegetables with "bahay kubo" and "dinengdeng" vegetables integrated with native chicken offered a sustainable balanced diet to the households of several barangays in the municipality of Conner. As a result of the project, the many SAPAT recipients maintained a diversified food resource base that in turn developed into an adaptation strategy to mitigate the effects climate change and variability. The diversified crops in vegetables which included legumes and rootcrops allowed the households to draw on various sources of food and income and simultaneously reversed the risks of vulnerability to climate change while reducing the risk of crop failure. SAPAT also highlighted on the biodiversity conservation of native varieties of vegetables.

    Initial food status surveys revealed evidence of food insecurity in many of the recipients' households in the forms of reduced food intake, insufficient nutritious food, unbalanced diet resulting to poor health, and inadequate resources to obtain food. Follow-up studies were then conducted to assess the impact of the project after one year of implementation. In the study conducted in Barangay Karikitan, only 24% indicated food sufficiency before the implementation of SAPAT. After a year of project implementation, the percentage increased to 74%. In terms of meeting the balanced diet, 54% responded positively. More interestingly, 92% of the respondents never cut size meals at the end of the project.

     The study also disclosed that before the SAPAT implementation, only eight kinds of vegetables were grown by the respondents. Through SAPAT, the variety of vegetables grown increased to an average of 27 kinds. The study also disclosed that before the implementation of the SAPAT, only eight kinds of vegetables were grown by the respondents and the number of varieties increased to an average of 27 during the project implementation. Overall, the project has shown significant impact on the technical capabilities, socio-economic conditions and attitudes in life of the recipients. The implementation of the SAPAT Project paved the way to addressing household needs and achieving the ultimate objectives.

    Strategies were employed to ensure the sustainability of the SAPAT project:

    1) Presentation of the project to the Local Government Unit
    2) Inclusion of the project in the Municipal Development Plan
    3) Regular Monitoring & Evaluation
    4) Establishment of Security Garden/ Seed Bank
    5)Organization of Barangay Food Associations to manage and generate
       institutional and financial support
    6) "No'Dole-out'" strategy