€ 350,000 euros for rice farmers in the Philippines
The Philippines is constantly suffering from extreme weather conditions that threaten the livelihoods of rice farmers. To protect them, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has put in place preventive measures supported financially by Belgium.
The Philippines, a geographical area with an uncertain climate
The Philippine archipelago is frequently exposed to a multitude of climate risks. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, or tsunamis and floods make thousands of small-scale farmers vulnerable. When affected by El Niño (an oceanic phenomenon affecting winds, sea temperature and precipitation), the Philippines alternate climatically between intense droughts and typhoons. These climatic phenomena threaten food security and lead to considerable income losses for Filipino rice farmers.
Prevent and monitor to better protect
To protect rice production, FAO has set up a prevention program financed by Belgium for an amount of € 350,000. Through the Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) of the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA), the objective is to help 1,500 families in Maguindanao and Cotabato provinces, located on the island of Mindanao.
Based on the piloting of this drought EWEA system, the project aims to provide irrigation systems and alternative livelihoods such as livestock farming and high-value commercial crops to increase resilience of the farmers.
In addition, there will be organized an information and awareness campaign for rice farmers on the use of rapid alert systems that are particularly effective in the event of an imminent food crisis. More specifically, it will gather concrete knowledge about rice commodities to help plan food security management.
Saving rice fields while increasing the resilience of vulnerable Filipino farmers to extreme weather conditions are therefore the key words of this project.