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Support to flood-affected farming communities in the Philippines

Support to flood-affected farming communities in the Philippines

Full title of the project:

Support to flood-affected farming communities in the provinces of Eastern Samar and Leyte in Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)

Target areas:

Region VIII (Eastern Visayas).

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 471 000
EUR 300 000
21/07/2008-20/07/2009
Project code:
OSRO/PHI/803/SPA
Objective:

To sustainably restore and strengthen the food security of flood-affected families through the provision of agricultural inputs and technical assistance on improved agricultural practices, and capacity building.

Key partners:

Department of Agriculture and provincial/municipal Local Government Units.

Beneficiaries reached:

2 411 households.

Activities implemented:
  •  Provision of certified rice seeds (40 kg), assorted vegetable seeds (60 kg) and fertilizers (100 kg)  to 1 390 households.
  •  Distribution of approximately ten assorted fruit-tree seedlings to 2 176 families.
  •  Provision of carabaos (38) and goats (197) to 235 families (alongside their organized  groups/communities).
  •  Training in crop and livestock management (696 beneficiary famers) and in diversified livelihood  and craft skills (162 women).
Impact:
  •  1 390 hectares of rice farms cultivated in Eastern Samar and Leyte, producing an estimated 4 865  tonnes of un-milled rice (palay), with increases in rice production of up to 65 percent in Eastern  Samar, as compared with average yields.
  •  Improved access to nutritious vegetables to meet household food needs and generate income.
  •  Increased availability of vegetable seeds, as the seeds provided were of open pollinated varieties  and after the harvest can be stored and used in future planting seasons.
  •  Contributed to replenishing the local stock of animals (carabaos and goats) lost due to the floods,  providing a vital source of draught power, meat and milk.
  •  The fruit-tree seedlings planted will also serve as wind barriers, control soil erosion and contribute  to the national/global efforts on climate change adaptation.
  •  Improved and diversified livelihood skills, with special focus on women.