Metro.style – CCA Manila’s New Mission Is To Teach The Next Generation of Culinary Leaders To Survive Any Crisis

A new and groundbreaking diploma program will empower students to be agents of change who can empower communities and work towards food security.

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this pandemic, it is the importance of food security. Every step of the food supply chain — from planting, sourcing, processing, delivery, and up to the preparation of food for the family at home — is essential and can be put at risk.

So it’s very timely for CCA Manila to launch a new diploma program on Culinary Agripreneurship. This groundbreaking program combines knowledge from three disciplines — culinary arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship. Students can become “agents of change” who can empower their communities to attain food security to survive any crisis.

The program is offered by CCA Manila in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB); while for Entrepreneurship, CCA Manila partnered with the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).

In the Agriculture course, students will learn techniques in crop production and small animal raising, experiencing true farm-to-fork production. They’ll learn how to operate small farms and gardens for sustainability and environmental stewardship, explains Dr. Barbara L. Caoili, Dean for Research and Extension, CAFS of UPLB.

After students learn the agriculture part, it is now time for them to create a crisis-proof business plan–from packaging, marketing, and promoting their products. The Entrepreneurial Management (EM) Program of UA&P is bringing its 25-year expertise in entrepreneurship education to CCA’s Culinary Agripreneurship program.

As we all face the prospect of a “new normal,” this diploma program is set to take on the challenge of educating the next-generation of culinary leaders.

“Before the crisis, our target for this program were aspiring chefs and farm owners (or their children). But we now realize that more Filipinos are becoming concerned about Food Security. A lot have discovered that they are passionate to be involved in any aspect of the agriculture value-chain − from planting in the field, to preparing finished products, and serving healthy meals from sustainable sources,” said Bea Trinidad, CCA Manila Corporate Communications and PR Manager. “This program is ready to hone their skills.”

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