The Center for Food and Agri Business (CFA) is the agri-food research and instruction arm of the University of Asia and and the Pacific School of Management.
It has been at the forefront of food and agribusiness research since 1983. It conducts industry, policy and strategy studies geared at enhancing the agri-food sector’s competitiveness. It disseminates information to stakeholders via conferences, short courses, specialized seminars as well as its publications.
Furthermore, it establishes networks and strategic alliances with other relevant institutions and stakeholders. Likewise, it develops and manages a comprehensive database for the sector.
Its mission is to become a leading institution in agri-food education and research.
Food and Agri Business Conference
Held every July and December, the conference is a semi-annual (mid-year and year-end) conference that gathers together managers, investors, planners and policy-makers in the agri-food sector. It provides a venue for discussing trends, performances, challenges, coping mechanisms and future strategies of agricultural industries.
ServSafe Certification Course
The Center for Food and Agri Business (CFA) runs ServSafe Certification Course every quarter in collaboration with Ecolab Philippines. ServSafe is a two-day course in which participants take the certification exam on the second day for two hours. It is a widely-recognized food safety program registered under the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association based in Chicago, USA.
ServSafe provides high-quality education and training for all levels of employees of the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry. It enables participants to learn science-based information on how to run a safe establishment by focusing on all aspects of handling food.
- The CFA traces its roots to the Agribusiness Unit of the Center for Research and Communication (CRC), the forerunner of UA&P. The unit began in 1983 with two staff members, Rolando T. Dy and Rene C. Gayo, as a pioneering group in food and agribusiness research in CRC. It evolved into the Institute of Agribusiness Development and Policy in 1995.
In 1997, it was renamed as the Center for Food and Agribusiness.
Today, CFA is one of the more established agri-food research institutions in the country.
Research and Projects Capability
√ Competitiveness Analysis
√ Policy Analysis
√ Industry Analysis
√ Demand / supply analysis and forecasting
√ Project analysis
√ Financial and economic analysis
√ Special studies
√ Seminar / conference convenor
The CFA Staff has worked with the following clients:
- US Department of Agriculture, Japan External Trade Commission, German Technical Cooperation, Italian Trade Commission, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-Australia, International Trade Strategies Pty Ltd.-Australia, and the Food and Agriculture Organization.
- Government: Congressional Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization, Department of Agriculture, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
- Private sector: Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food, Inc., Philippine Sugar Alliance, Cattle Feedlot Association of the Philippines, Tuna Canners Association of the Philippines, Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines, Shell Philippines Foundation, IBS Consulting, etc.