Philippines

Philippines

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the Typhoon Haiyan in the PhilippinesBack-to-back crises – conflict, typhoons, flooding – make it difficult for many farmers, herders and fishers in the Philippines to rebound, especially as they struggle to replace what was lost or damaged, be it seeds and tools, livestock or fishing gear. Getting vulnerable families back to producing food and earning an income – and helping them withstand the next disaster – is at the heart of FAO’s work in the Philippines.

Rebuilding livelihoods

Insecurity, poverty and frequent natural disasters prevent many people in the southern island of Mindanao from getting the food they need. Decades of conflict have uprooted thousands from their villages, sometimes more than once. Many of the displaced have begun returning home following the 2009 ceasefire, though others continue to live in evacuation centres or host communities. FAO is providing vulnerable farming families – many of whom face debt – with quality maize, rice and vegetable seeds, hand tools, fertilizers, goats, chickens and fishing gear so they can restart their livelihoods. FAO is also helping farmers, both men and women, to increase their production skills through hands-on training and to develop new skills in group management.

Becoming more resilient to disasters

To say that the Philippines is prone to natural disasters is an understatement. On average, 20 typhoons strike the country each year, in addition to occasional landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions – all of which chip away at farmers’ and fishers’ ability to earn a living. FAO is training farmers on improved agricultural practices to raise yields and reduce the risk of crop failure, including the use of saline- and drought-resistant seeds, labour-saving technologies and better water and soil management. Likewise, it is encouraging sustainable fisheries management and working to improve the flow of timely weather- and agriculture-related information.

 

More about the country

 - Agriculture-dependent families in the central Mindanao region of the Philippines are still reeling from the residual impacts of conflict, drought and flooding that affected them during the first half of 2015.  In ...read more
30/07/2015
 - Agriculture-dependent families in Maguindanao are still reeling from the residual impacts of conflict, drought and flooding that affected the province during the first half of 2015. ...read more
30/07/2015
 - To help build the resilience of small-scale rice-, corn- and coconut-based farming communities severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan, some 40,000 households have received recovery support in the form of ...read more
30/07/2015
 - To help build the resilience of small-scale rice-, corn- and coconut-based farming communities severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan, some 40,000 households have received recovery support in ...read more
30/07/2015
 - To restore the livelihoods of small-scale rice and corn farming communities severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province of Region VIII through resumed agricultural production ...read more
23/07/2015
 - To restore the livelihoods of small-scale fishers, fish farmers and coastal families severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Regions IV-B, VI and VIII through the resumption ...read more
09/07/2015
 - When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013, 73 percent of coastal communities were severely affected and approximately two-thirds of small-scale fishers lost their ...read more
10/06/2015
 - When Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck in November 2013, it severely damaged and destroyed many seaweed facilities and production, crippling the income of Filipino coastal farmers who ...read more
24/03/2015
 - To contribute to increasing the food and nutrition security and restoring agriculture-based livelihoods of typhoon-affected households through the emergency distribution of key agricultural inputs for the ...read more
03/03/2015
 - To contribute to increasing food and nutrition security and restoring the agriculture-based livelihoods of typhoon-affected households through the emergency distribution of key agricultural inputs for the ...read more
03/03/2015