The 2015 FPAAA National Conference was hosted by and held in Silliman University located in Dumaguete City from June 21-23, 2015. This year’s theme is “Resource Management and Supplemental Livelihood through Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Technology.” The presence of fisher folks and farmers and municipal agriculture officers and provincial agriculture officers from Siquijor and Dumaguete reflected the relevance of the topics on agriculture and marine resources management that were discussed by the conference presenters and panelists. The conference served as a reminder to everyone on just how much each one can do achieve economic agricultural and marine resources sustainability.
The FPAAA is an alumni association of scholars under the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) who are committed to contributing to the modernization efforts of agriculture and fisheries sectors in our country through continued research, hands-on training, scholarly work, and extension work. The FPASP is the brainchild of Senator Edgardo Angara, then Agriculture Secretary, who signed an agreement with then US Ambassador Hubbard in 1999 creating the said program (FPASP) which is intended to help in the modernization of agriculture and fisheries in our country by developing a core of experts in these fields. The program is supported by the Philippine Department of Agriculture through the PL480 funds. The purpose of the program in 1999 is as pertinent today as it was then.
Thirty-four (34) members of the Fulbright Philippine Agriculture Alumni Association based in various institutions and organizations across the Philippines went to Dumaguete to participate as either presenters, facilitators, or workshop traniners during the conference. The FPAAA is composed of dynamic young and not so young professionals, scientists and researchers who went to the US for further studies and advanced research. They are prepared to impart the expertise gained from the US. They are able to translate their research and studies that can be understood by everyone. One of their major projects/activities is the holding of the annual conference where they aim to provide practical, step by step assistance to fisherfolks and farmers.