FAO drafts strategy to help Marawi restore food security and agri sector
United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is now working with the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium to help restore food security and agricultural livelihoods in conflict-affected communities in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), especially Marawi.
FAO said in a statement that it has mapped out a short- to medium-term strategic response plan to restore the food supply and agribusiness value chain in Marawi and other affected municipalities and enable them to be better linked to regional markets.
Communities in Marawi City and outlying municipalities in the Provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao have started on the road to recovery following the destruction left by the Marawi crisis that lasted from May to October 2017.
The conflict has taken a heavy toll on rural livelihoods and industries, as well as the food supply and agribusiness value chain on which smallholders depend for their daily subsistence.
While humanitarian relief continues, FAO, with support from Belgium, has been delivering assistance to help returning and displaced farmers to re-establish their livelihoods and food security.
With a USD500,000, or P25 million, contribution from Belgium, FAO is distributing rice, corn and vegetable seeds, fertilizer, farming tools and broiler chicken production packages to 4,949 farming families in Marawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao.