Philippines

WFP Philippines Country Brief, March 2019

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In Numbers

199 mt of food distributed

US$ 1.64 million six-month (April-September 2019) net funding requirements

84,625 people assisted in March 2019

Operational Updates

• WFP’s home-grown school feeding in Maguindanao reached 44,017 schoolchildren in March. This initiative effectively links the school feeding activity, led by the Government and assisted by WFP, with local food production. Through a farm-to-table approach, local farmers sell their produce (fruits and vegetables) to the local Government, thereby complementing WFP’s school feeding.

• WFP’s stunting prevention programme continues to support nutritionally at-risk populations in Maguindanao. In March, 6,356 pregnant and lactating women, including adolescent girls, and 8,964 children aged 6-23 months received specialized nutritious food in order to improve their nutritional intake. The programme promotes optimal growth during the first 1,000 days of a child, from pregnancy to the second birthday.

• In Marawi, WFP assists schoolchildren through an emergency school feeding project, with the objective of supporting class attendance and retention. 14,288 school boys and girls received meals in March. WFP participated in the Strategic Formulation Workshop organized by the Department of Education of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on 27-30 March in Iligan City. The workshop aimed to identify strategies for the next 100 days, one year and three to five years. One of the strategies for the next 100 days will see WFP’s involvement in conducting an assessment of ongoing school feeding activities and explore future implementation options.