The DA-ACPC is set to conduct its nationwide Small Farmer and Fisherfolk Indebtedness Survey (SFFIS) this year as cleared by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) through its Statistical Survey Review and Clearance System (SSRCS). The DA-ACPC conducts the SFFIS every two or three years as a means to determine the credit and financial behavior and needs of SFF.
The SFFIS aims to:
a) analyze the credit and other financing requirements of SFFs;
b) examine SFF’s accessibility and usage of financial services;
c) find out the views of SFF on financing and other forms of financial services; and
d) identify measures to improve SFF’s access to affordable credit and other financial services.
The survey, along with the DA-ACPC’s other ongoing research studies, is part of the agency’s mission to develop and advocate agri-credit policies to enhance and promote farmers and fisherfolk’s access to sustained financial services.
The said survey shall be used as basis for the Philippine Development Plan of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (PDP AFF) in the sector’s goal to increase SFF’s access to formal credit. It will also contribute in policymakers’ estimates and projections of demand for credit from SFF.
The DA-ACPC targets to interview 2,700 SFFs nationwide from April to July 2022. Results of the survey are set to be released in October 2022.
For more information on the DA-ACPC’s research studies, visit https://acpc.gov.ph/research-studies/