Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Business


School of Business


Faculty of Business

First Advisor

Dr Marc G. Saupin


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the social, economic and other impacts of the Pilot Provincial Agricultural Extension Project (PP AEP), an Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) project in the villages of Luyong Bonbon and Pagalungan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. This study has examined the literature related to technology transfer in agriculture, the notion of appropriate technology and Australia's current development program in the Philippines. This study utilises a multiple case study of qualitative methodology. The Group Ecology Model (GEM) is utilised as a conceptual framework of this study and the process/ outcome matrix is utilised to analyse the data from a qualitative perspective. This study reveals that Australia's development assistance program in the Philippines as reflected by the success of the PP AEP, has increased agricultural productivity and enhanced the social and economic conditions of marginal farmers and fishermen in the two villages. The key to the project's success is the transfer of appropriate technology. Appropriate technology is transferred through the project's participatory approach which involves a close coordination and cooperation of all sectors of government, Rural Based Organisations (RBOs) and Non Government Organisations (NGOs). Moreover, PP AEP has increased the awareness for environmental protection in both villages and enhanced the employment of women in its activities. The strategy of participatory approach adopted by PPAEP is effective in development activities of government. Skills development is equally as important are technological and financial inputs. This study reveals that the general concerns apparent in the two villages are financial and infrastructure. The study reveals that financial constraints can be a hindrance to the project's sustainability while infrastructure problems can cause delays in development. It is suggested that project implementors continue to replicate PPAEP's participatory approach to development in its future projects. Funding constraints and infrastructure problems can be resolved through dose supervision and coordination of the governments of Australia and the Philippines in its current and future projects.

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