Italy donates P12.4-M in food aid to Marawi farmers

Since the war in Marawi ended, the Philippines along with the World Food Programme (WFP), have been able to consistently provide sufficient supply of rice to a population of over 120,000 including school meals for an estimated 60,000 students in both Lanao Provinces who have been forced to relocate away from the war zone.
Post-war needs assessment done by the government, shows it will take about an estimated 4 years to rebuild and rehabilitate what was impaired by the war that left around Php 18 Billion worth of damages to properties.
One way to solve that problem is to also address the issue on Food and Nutrition among its populace which require immediate action.

Recently, the Italian Government was kind enough to reach out to our underprivileged brothers and sisters and decided to donate up to Php 12.4 Million to the United Nations World Food Program dedicated to sustaining food supply to the Farmers in the war-torn Marawi.

This act of generosity by the Italians shall go a very long way as it is able to feed up to an estimated 1,600 Farmers including their families in a 3-Month Period. 

WFP shall provide additional food assistance provided if these farmers and their families, are able to participate in activities that could help restore their community’s agricultural aspect.

WFP have been collaborating with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Department of Agriculture, DAR, DSWD, and BFAR to execute training programs in support of Rice and Corn production, Vegetable Gardening, Tilapia Farming, among others. It also supports “Kambalingan” or homecoming by the families returning to their respective communities amidst early recovery phases by way of more rice donations.

To meet the requirements of other aspects of its operation in Marawi, WFP is still currently in need of an additional USD 5.7 million of additional financial resources until end of May 2018.


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