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Emergency support to promote food security and early recovery to small-scale farmers in the Philippines

Emergency support to promote food security and early recovery to small-scale farmers in the Philippines

Full title of the project:

Emergency support to promote household food security and early recovery of sustainable livelihoods of small-scale coconut farmers severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Target areas:

Regions VI and VIII

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 4 166 667
01/03/2014-28/04/2015
Project code:
OSRO/PHI/403/UK
Objective:

To restore food security and livelihoods of small-scale coconut farming households severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Regions VI and VIII by diversifying sources of income and placing coconut communities on a path of resilient and inclusive economic growth.

Key partners:

Department of Agriculture, Philippine Coconut Authority and Local Government Units.

Beneficiaries reached:

10 000 households (50 000 people) and 102 community-based organizations (CBOs).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 6 000 bags of certified rice and corn seeds (along with fertilizers) to 4 654 households.
  • Distributed 200 carabao, 80 cattle, 500 goats and 240 swine (along with swine feed) among 628 households.
  • Provided animal-drawn implements, large farm machinery and small farming tools to 907 households and 54 CBOs.
  • Established 21 nurseries and 30 contour farming sites using Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT), and provided beneficiaries in these sites with inputs (seeds, planting materials, tools) to initiate production.
  • Provided root crops (687 068 pieces) and other planting materials (more than 70 000 seedlings, 13 500 plantlets and 140 000 suckers/slips) to 3 400 households, with some being planted on the established SALT sites.
  • Provided all beneficiaries (10 000 households) with post-harvest inputs, including grain storage bins, drying nets and tarpaulins.
  • Conducted trainings on: crop care and management; pre- and post-harvest handling; livestock; nursery establishment; seed production management and operations; establishment and maintenance of SALT sites; entrepreneurship and asset building through savings; and climate-resilient coconut-based farming systems and intercropping.
Impact:
  • Contributed to restoring agricultural production by providing alternative coconut-based farming livelihoods.
  • Increased farmers’ access to alternative, certified crop varieties; quality planting materials and animal breeds; and organic fertilizers.
  • Reduced beneficiaries’ expenses related to production and post-harvest activities.
  • Linked CBOs with Government services for business incubation and facilitated access to initial capital for their business ventures.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ awareness of potential hazards in their communities, and increased preparedness for future disasters by equipping them with the skills necessary to prevent losses and reduce risks.