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FAO in the Philippines

Natural and human-induced disasters severely disrupt agricultural livelihoods and ultimately threaten food security. The Philippines ranks third in the 2016 World Risk Index of countries most vulnerable to natural hazards. The situation is even more complex in the island-region of Mindanao, which has been suffering from decades of conflict and is also projected to be one of the most at-risk regions to the impacts of climate change.

Back-to-back crises make it difficult for farming and fishing families in the country to rebound as they struggle to replace what was lost or damaged, be it seeds and tools, livestock or fishing gear. Getting vulnerable communities 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.

Since the 1950s, FAO has been working with the Government to respond to emergencies related to plant and animal diseases, typhoons, flooding, drought, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and armed conflict that affect rural communities and small-scale farming and fishing families.