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The anticipatory action multipurpose cash transfers scheme simulation exercise conducted by FAO with partners in typhoon-prone Catanduanes. ©FAO

FAO, partners test readiness of Anticipatory Action Multi-Purpose Cash transfer scheme in event of severe typhoon hit


A field-level simulation exercise of Anticipatory Action Protocols is necessary as the concept is still relatively new. The exercise enables implementors to sort-out gaps and challenges prior to deployment in live scenarios.

With the increasing attention to change the way how disasters are managed, FAO is at the forefront of demonstrating how to act before (ex-ante) a disaster targeting smallholder farmers and fisherfolk to protect, cope and adapt to multiple shocks. One of the key strategies is to implement a humanitarian approach largely known as Anticipatory Action (AA) and link it with a robust social protection system. AA Protocols (AAP) contain step-by-step processes and has the following key elements: forecast, early warning, triggers, anticipatory action such as multipurpose cash (MPC) transfers and financing. As this is a relatively new approach, a field-level simulation exercise (SimEx) is necessary to sort-out gaps and challenges prior to actual deployment.

In this context, FAO-Philippines and partners conducted a SimEx to field test an AA MPC transfer scheme that is to be executed 72 hours before a severe typhoon hits. Under the project “Transforming the face of agriculture: Promoting the face of socio-economic inclusion”, FAO partnered with the Provincial Government of Catanduanes, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and its attached agency the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and CARE International to identify and pre-register the most vulnerable smallholder and landless farmers and fisherfolk in two-typhoon prone municipalities of Gigoto and Baras.