The National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) is the government’s response to the fragmented delivery of rural development services. it is a strategy to improve, conserve, protect, and rehabilitate natural resources through the development and implementation of environment-friendly enterprises and livelihood opportunities.

Convergence areas are proposed by the Local Government Units and are supported by Convergence Area Development Plans (CADPs). CADPs are five-year development plans that outline the proposed complementation of programs/activities/projects among the DA-DAR-DENR-DILG and other partner agencies for a period of five (5) years. The interventions in the convergence areas are based on the framework of ridge-to-reef or sustainable integrated rural development (SIAD). This intervention framework takes into consideration the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of natural resources, including watersheds and rivers, with the establishment of sustainable and environment-friendly agriculture, forestry and fisheries enterprises. The establishment of convergence areas with its CADPs are approved by the National Steering Committee (NSC), which is composed of the DA-DAR-DENR-DILG Secretaries, through the issuance of a corresponding NCI-SRD joint resolutions. As of the 1st semester of FY 2020, there are 19 convergence areas located in 12 regions, which have existing approved Convergence Area Development Plans (CADPs).

The NCI-SRD has a defined constituency which are the smallholder farmers (both ARBs and non-ARBs), small fisherfolk, upland dwellers and IPs.

The following are the model convergence sites per island groups:

Luzon – Piddig Inclusive Organic Coffee Production in Piddig, Ilocos Norte
Visayas – Javier Local Convergence Agro-Enterprise Cluster in Javier, Leyte
Mindanao – Siayan Convergence Area in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte

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