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The objective of STRIVE Philippines was to improve the well-being of vulnerable households—especially for the children and youth within those households—through a market-based approach to economic strengthening in targeted value chains. By improving and expanding existing commercial relationships of vulnerable households, the project’s aim was to promote sustainable and commercially viable solutions that can continue to provide benefits beyond the life of STRIVE Philippines.
This paper reports findings from an evaluation of STRIVE Philippines activities in the seaweed sector. Action for Enterprise (AFE) employed a facilitated value chain approach primarily with two seaweed firms between 2008 and 2010 as part of the STRIVE program. STRIVE Philippines’ research agenda examines the outcomes of AFE’s seaweed value chain activities on lead firms, seaweed farmers and their families. Specifically, was there change in the economics of lead firms, income for households, and child wellbeing?