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After closing in 1996, WFP is re-establishing a presence in the Philippines with programmes designed to support the ongoing peace process in Mindanao, the southern Muslim-populated region.

The agency will focus on providing assistance to areas affected by the conflict between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), where there are large numbers of internally displaced persons and high rates of malnutrition. WFP will work in close collaboration with Government counterparts at the national, provincial and local levels, as well as non-government organisations, donor agencies, UN partners and communities.

These partners will assist in the implementation of the programme as well as contribute complementary inputs. Mindanao, particularly the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and adjacent provinces, are those defined as "conflict-affected" areas where people have been affected by successive displacements.

These areas share poverty indicators far below the national average. Over 50 percent of the population in the region is living below the national poverty line of 60 cents per person per day. Approximately 30 percent of the children under five years of age are stunted, and the rate of children completing primary education is 33 percent, half the national average.

WFP Activities

In conflict-affected areas of Mindanao, WFP will jointly implement with its partners projects that aim to:

  • Contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Mindanao by addressing the food security needs of vulnerable populations living in conflict-affected areas;
  • Support the reconstruction of household and community assets;
  • Improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and children under-two years of age;
  • Increase the net enrolment rate and attendance rate for boys and girls in grades one through six;
  • Support restoration of livelihoods;
  • Support extension of Tuberculosis (TB) treatment programmes;
  • Strengthen the Government and NGOs/Civil Society in the implementation of effective food assistance in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
Threats to Food Security: 
  • Ongoing conflict
  • Internally displaced populations
  • Poverty
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Latitude: 
14.5515099
Longitude: 
121.0346832
legacy ID: 
608
ISO31661_Char2Code: 
PH
ISO31661_Char3Code: 
PHL
ISO31661_NumberCode: 
608
ISO31661_Name: 
Philippines
Facts and Figures
Climate: 
Mostly tropical, mitigated by the ocean
Terrain: 
Mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands
Food production: 
Sugarcane, coconuts, rice, corn, bananas, cassavas, pineapples, mangoes; pork, eggs, beef; fish
Annual harvest: 
Not available
Agricultural production (% of GDP): 
35
Human Development Index: 
0.771
Children under weight for age (% of children under 5): 
28
Population undernourished (% of total pop.): 
18
Global hunger index - label: 
Serious
Global hunger index - value: 
14
infant mortality rate per 1000 live birth - 2005 UNDP : 
25
Crisis
Crisis Active: 
No Crisis
Crisis Title: 
Typhoon Haiyan Hits Central Philippines
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WFP’s top officials in the Philippines have described the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan as devastating and are appealing for support to help bring food to the thousands of families affected. Read story

To donate, go to wfp.org/typhoon

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