Int’l organizations to provide livelihood support in Marawi
Community and Family Services International (CFSI) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have partnered to implement an agriculture-based livelihood assistance initiative in response to the humanitarian crisis brought about by the Marawi conflict.
The Marawi crisis in May to October last year particularly brought massive destruction to agricultural farms resulting to limited food supply which exacerbated food insecurity and limited access to markets of displaced households in the affected areas.
CFSI’s assistance aims to support protection, psychosocial, and urban and agri-based livelihood benefiting 4,000 households (20,000 persons) displaced by the crisis in Marawi City, and the Municipalities of Ditsaan Ramain, Marantao, and Piagapo in Lanao del Sur.
CFSI directly implements the first two components in all areas, and the urban livelihood in Marawi City.
The support for enhancing agri-based livelihoods of internally displaced farmers is part of a broader AUD2.5 million (around P100 million) package of assistance funded by the Australian Government and being implemented by CFSI.
FAO, for its part, is implementing the agri-based livelihood component benefiting 2,500 households, including agrarian reform communities, in the three municipalities from May 2018 to September 2019.
CFSI and FAO said they will work closely with a network of partners such as the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, and Mindanao Development Authority throughout the project implementation.