Outcomes of the Adaption of Visayas State University (VSU)-Tolosa Food Technologies on the Lives of Beneficiaries
Extension activities of a university are aimed at the well-being and development of the community it serves. Thus, food technologies developed from VSU - Tolosa’s research programs are being disseminated to the beneficiaries for them to be motivated to use appropriate practices and help augment their income. This study brings attention to the experiences of the respondents who are the members of the three women’s associations of Tolosa, Leyte in the adaption, production, and marketing of their products. Using the case study method utilizing interview and FGD, results showed that respondents participated in the training to acquire knowledge and skills in food processing techniques, gain knowledge in simple marketing, bookkeeping, and accounting, acquire new experience, and to avail of the opportunity offered by the program. The adoption of the food technology has led to increased income, enhanced knowledge, and awareness of the proper and appropriate practices of producing safe and quality food products, empowerment, enhanced the social relationship with their co- members, and brings honor to the municipality. This suggests that the adaption of VSU-Tolosa generated technologies contributed to the enhancement of the knowledge, skills, economic and social conditions of the beneficiaries which resulted in a number of changes in their lives. Further, an adaption of the technology has caused gainful employment to the beneficiaries through entrepreneurship.