University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Agriculture graduate Anjanette S. Tadena has won the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Agribusiness Incubator Workshop Pitch Competition held in Pakse, Lao PDR.
The Filipino agriculturist working with the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) represented the Philippines in the workshop that involved 49 agriculture advocates across Southeast Asia.
Tadena and 3 other winners were each awarded $10,000 cash prize and mentorship from Arizona State University and Capax World after besting the other delegates with their winning pitches in the YSEALI competition sponsored by the United States Embassy and held on March 2 – 6, 2020.
Myco PH to help farmers with mushroom production
Anjanette Tadena’s winning Investment Pitch is about Myco PH, a social enterprise she can now begin setting up with her prize money. Myco PH aims to help farmers by providing additional income through mushroom production, providing training, and input for mushroom production.
Tadena pitched the livelihood project that augments the farmers’ income premised on two facts: that rice farmers’ income has been severely cut and remains low, and that mushroom production in the Philippines is also very low despite the local demand which is 95%-supplied by importation.
“That’s the gap that we would like to address, for the Philippines to be self-sufficient in mushroom production,” shared Anjanette Tadena to Good News Pilipinas.
The young agribusiness leader also revealed that she is setting up Myco PH and helping mushroom farms in San Carlos, Pangasinan, where she was born.
Tadena shares she chose the name Myco PH because Myco means “fungi”. She also specialized in Mycology at UPLB and that is how her interest in mushroom started.
Written by: Aurora Quadra-Balibay