Soaking up the Sun in Lanao Norte

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Soaking up the Sun in Lanao Norte

A woman spreads newly-harvested corn on a solar dryer, one of two built by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Munai, Lanao del Norte. Each solar dryer measures 12 meters by 20 meters, and benefits the Dalama-Punong Farmers Irrigator’s Association, whose members cultivate a combined production area of 1,200 hectares of corn, rice and coconut. The new solar dryers, provided by USAID through its Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program, have helped to reduce crop losses in the drying stage, leading to improved harvests and allowing the farmers to negotiate for higher prices. USAID/GEM has completed more than 100 barangay infrastructure projects (BIPs), including solar dryers, in Lanao del Norte, out of the 1,300 BIPs built by the USAID program across conflict-affected areas in Mindanao in partnership with local government units. The USAID/GEM Program is implemented under the oversight of the Mindanao Development Authority. (GEM)

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