Philippines: Happy Women's Month!
Women make up a big bulk of agricultural laborers and are the backbone of food production systems. Women also play a key role in guaranteeing food security for the household.
Watch some of these strong women doing their share in restoring their families’ and their communities’ livelihoods!
Women working together and taking charge of their families’ and their communities’ livelihoods.
These women know that by working to restore their sources of livelihood, they are also making their family food secure.
Helping their communities rise again, these women keep busy to ensure seamless culturing of mud crabs.
In this project, participants receive cash and food assistance for their time and work invested in rice production.
While the food and cash they receive helps them to meet their and their families’ immediate food demands, in the long run the community will also benefit from the harvest of their rice production project.
This Food and Cash for Work project supports participants engaged in vegetable farming. Here you can see a woman and her neighbor working on a vegetable nursery.
Eggplant and ampalaya (bitter melon) are the two main crops of this particular nursery.
This woman is making sure that the distance between the newly planted vegetables is just right. Through this project, her community is also rehabilitating an area of land that was completely destroyed by the typhoon.
Only a short time from now, participants will be able to harvest the food and use it both for their own consumption as well as for selling in the market.
Apart from selling their harvests at the market, these women are also happy that their families have access to nutritious food right at their backyard.
This woman is working in mud crab production/ farming. She is part of a fisher folk association that lost all its sources of income because the typhoon destroyed all their boats, cages and mud crab pens.
When Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) hit the Philippines on 4 December 2012, it severely affected several regions – and some 6.2 million persons (over 1.2 million families) – along its course. The Philippines Department of Agriculture has estimated that Typhoon Bopha’s damage to crops is at more than USD 750 million. For rapid recovery of people’s livelihoods, women and men are working hand-in-hand to regain the life they had before Typhoon Bopha came.
For this Women’s Month, we celebrate the many women who are participating in WFP-supported livelihood-based Food and Cash for Work projects that help communities restore their sources of livelihood, which in turn will help them improve their access to food.