WFP Philippines Country Brief, September 2019
18.84 mt of food distributed
US$ 248,154 cash distributed
US$ 4.63 m six months (October 2019 – February 2020) net funding requirements
21,209 people assisted in September 2019
• WFP supported 4,659 individuals with specialized nutritious food in Marawi this month, including 895 pregnant and lactating women and 3,764 children aged between 6 and 23 months. This is part of the Nutrition in Emergencies programme, which aims to ensure optimal growth during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life in situations of conflict and displacement.
• In September, WFP supported 16,550 farmers and fisherfolk who participated in livelihood activities in Marawi (and benefitted their families as well, a total of 82,750 individuals). This programme contributes to the restoration of economic activity in Marawi through conditional cash-transfers to families, which they use for food and basic necessities for the households. WFP reaches these communities in coordination with the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Agriculture who provide complementary support through agricultural inputs and fishing tools and equipment.
• On 19 September, WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations conducted an El Niño After-Action Review which served as a platform for the Government and nonstate actors to discuss the successes, challenges, and plans to effectively and pro-actively respond to El Niño occurrences in the future. The last El Niño lasted from the last quarter of 2018 until August 2019. The associated drought and dry spell events led to crop damages and a reduced yield from fisheries worth PHP 10.1 billion (US$ 197 million) and affected 362,000 farmers, according to the Department of Agriculture.