Founded by students at Brigham Young University - Hawaii, RiceUp Farmers was born out of a strong passion to improve the livelihood of Filipino Farmers and to help regenerate agriculture in the Philippine nation.
We noticed that farmers usually had little access to the marketplace, frequently had to take loans with 15-20% interest rates, and received only a small percent of the retail price for their products. They also wanted to adapt modern farming systems and improve their financial status, but lacked the technology and knowledge to do it. The average age of a Filipino farmer was 63 years old.
In preparation for the Great Ideas Business Competition hosted by the Willes Entrepreneurship Center at BYU-Hawaii, the Founder of RiceUp formed the first official board of Vice Presidents and gave them specific roles and tasks in the organization. The first main goal was to create a system to help the farmers develop their marketplace by creating online marketplaces and a mobile application. Because of their combined efforts, the RiceUp Farmers team received its first public recognition in the Great Ideas competition, and they launched the organization into Enactus, a social entrepreneurship competition.
The RiceUp team, now composed of a student management group in Hawaii and an on-site team in Pampanga, became a legal organization on April 10, 2017. As of August 2019, they have had five team visits to the Philippines, created partnerships with government and NGO groups in Hawaii and the Philippines, expanded to Cambodia, and won the 2018 Enactus United States National Exposition.
Come see what RiceUp Farmers has done so far as we work together to improve the livelihood of our farmers and their families.