School+home Cacao project model: A participatory action research on enhancing literacy, nutrition, and livelihood

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School+home Cacao project model: A participatory action research on enhancing literacy, nutrition, and livelihood

Gilbert C. Magulod Jr.
J. Bio. Env. Sci.22( 5), 52-68, May 2023.
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This participatory action research project aims to empower communities within the service areas of the College of Teacher Education of Cagayan State University at Lasam, Philippines, by harnessing the potential of cacao as a transformative agricultural commodity for enhancing literacy, nutrition, and livelihood. Adopting a multi-dimensional approach, the project targets students, teachers, and parents to create a holistic impact on education, health, and economic well-being. The project framework encompasses three pillars focusing on literacy, nutrition, and livelihood. The project enhances students’ and teachers’ knowledge and skills in cacao processing, production, and nutrition through experiential learning, leading to improved understanding among all stakeholders. Baseline data guided targeted interventions and skill development. The development and distribution of innovative cacao-based products, such as cacao powder, tablets, dark chocolate bars, spicy cacao balls, and chocolate spread, not only provide wholesome snacks but also foster sustainable community development and entrepreneurship. Promoting consumption of these nutritious, locally-sourced products improves community health. The project empowers families in the target community to engage in cacao processing, resulting in higher monthly incomes and enhanced livelihoods. Creating an alternative income source contributes to the community’s overall economic prosperity and resilience. make this one short paragraph The findings from this project extend beyond the specific university and community involved, as the model can be replicated in other similar contexts. The integration of cacao into educational, nutritional, and livelihood aspects demonstrates the potential for this commodity to become a catalyst for sustainable development in various communities. To ensure sustainability and expansion, careful planning and implementation of mechanisms will build on the project’s initial achievements during its early stages.


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