Butuan wins Bloomberg Philantropies funding for city programs

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(Source: Butuan - Bloomberg Champion City/Facebook)
(Source: Butuan - Bloomberg Champion City/Facebook)

Butuan City, Philippines is among the 15 winning cities of the 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge announced by Bloomberg Philanthropies Tuesday (Jan 18).

“AgriBOOST,” the city’s winning proposal, is an agribusiness model innovation that improves the agricultural market by giving farmers predictive data to make decisions about the type and quantity of crops to plant.

agriBOOST. (Source: Butuan - Bloomberg Champion City/Facebook)
agriBOOST. (Source: Butuan - Bloomberg Champion City/Facebook)

According to Bloomberg, it considered Butuan’s idea on agriculture and marketing as compelling because of its ambitious goals that could be achieved short-term through the initiative.

The city’s goals include increasing vegetable production from 19% of need in 2020 to 150% by 2023, increasing farmers’ income by 50% and reducing the average vegetable retail price by 50%.

agriBOOST. (Source: Butuan - Bloomberg Champion City/Facebook)
agriBOOST. (Source: Butuan - Bloomberg Champion City/Facebook)

The 15 winners of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge were picked out of 631 applicant cities for their work creating urban innovations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies. The chosen projects seek improvements in the areas of economic recovery and inclusive growth, health and well-being, climate and environment, and gender and equality.

Each city will be awarded $1 million (P51,278,000) in addition to technical support and coaching over three years for the implementation of their ideas.

The winners of the most competition picked from a group of 50 Champion Cities announced in June are:

  • Amman, Jordan

  • Bogotá, Colombia

  • Butuan, Philippines

  • Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • Hermosillo, Mexico

  • Istanbul, Turkey

  • Kigali, Rwanda

  • Kumasi, Ghana

  • Paterson, New Jersey, US

  • Phoenix, Arizona, US

  • Rochester, Minnesota, US

  • Rotterdam, the Netherlands

  • Rourkela, India

  • Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Wellington, New Zealand

The City of Manila was also among the 50 "champion cities" recognized by Bloomberg in June. The cities submitted ideas addressing four of the most significant challenges borne of the pandemic: Economic Recovery & Inclusive Growth; Health & Wellbeing; Climate & Environment; and Good Governance & Equality.

The 2021 Mayors Challenge is the first to take on a global reach, as previous challenges focused on one region: the US in 2013 and 2018, Europe in 2014, and Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016.

The New York City-based Bloomberg Philanthropies, which was established in 2006, aims to improve the lives of millions of people in over 170 countries through the arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. The views expressed are her own.

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