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Mobile App Developed by AIT Alumna Eyes to Boost Livelihood of Bamboo Farmers

01 Jun 2022
School of Environment, Resources and Development

By School of Environment, Resources and Development

June 9th, 2022 – Bamboost, an online marketplace app developed by Ms. Analiza Cruzat Diaz, MS Climate Change and Sustainable Development graduate from the School of Environment, Resources, and Development-Asian Institute of Technology during her thesis study eyed to help bamboo farmers in marketing their products.

The Bamboost App is one of the outputs from a project titled “Mainstreaming of Bamboost App as an Online Marketing Platform of Bamboo Farmers in Select Science & Technology Community-Based Farm (STCBF) Sites jointly led by Ms .Diaz and Prof. Love Jhoye M. Raboy of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines . It is funded and supported by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST PCAARRD). This also forms part of the collaboration program between DOST-PCAARRD and AIT.

Soft launching and user testing of the Bamboost App was held on May 24, 2022, at the iDEYA: Center for Technopreneurship Innovation, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) which was meant to introduce the app to bamboo farmers, processors, and entrepreneurs who will eventually be the target clients once it is already up and running. It was attended by the key players in the bamboo value chain in Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Apart from Iligan City, Bukidnon and Iloilo provinces are the other “initial target sites of the Bamboost project where the app is to be adopted.

Prof. Nophea Sasaki of the Department of Development and Sustainability was Ms. Diaz’s academic advisor. Bamboost team is composed of AIT alumni and current students based in the Philippines. (Dr. Junar A. Landicho, Prof. Marylene S. Eder, Ms. Juliette C. Virgula, and Ms. Farah Y. Sevilla)