Focus on Women
4 April 2012

The effects of malnutrition during the first critical 1,000 days of a child’s life (starting from conception) can actually result in irreversible damage to a child’s physical and mental development. This is why WFP’s nutrition program -- implemented with various government and non-government partners -- is particularly targeted towards young children and breastfeeding mothers.

Focus on Women
2 April 2012

To celebrate Women’s Month, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently joined a mangrove planting activity that connected women with the critical issue of addressing climate change and food security in their community.

Focus on Women
27 March 2012

Lolita Hernando is one of the women in Lanao del Norte, one of the conflict-affected provinces in Mindanao. Her family has benefited from WFP assistance through a School Feeding Programme in partnership with the Department of Education and a livelihood project in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. She is 44 years old and has 7 children. She was displaced in 2008 during an upsurge in conflict, but has returned to her original home. We followed her for a day to see what has been keeping her busy lately!

Capacity Building
15 February 2012

As part of its humanitarian mandate,  the UN World Food Programme stands ready to complement and support relief and early recovery efforts of the Government of the Philippines if requested and based on assessed needs.  Most recently, WFP has been working with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to assist more than 250,000 people who have been affected by Tropical Storm Washi (locally called 'Sendong') that struck northern Mindanao in mid-December 2011. What many people may not know is that WFP is also working very hard to build up national and local level capacities to better prepare for natural disasters.

Capacity Building
23 January 2012

Ayeene Robles has been a field monitor for WFP in the Philippines since 2009. In a country regularly hit by devastating natural disasters, this can be a challenging job, including travelling for weeks in areas completely submerged in floods and cut-off from the outside world.

20 December 2011

In support of government relief efforts, WFP is providing urgently needed food, supplies and logistics support to boost the Philippine government’s emergency response to help thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Washi, which battered Northern Mindanao over the weekend.

Food for Assets
3 November 2011

WFP in the Philippines is helping formerly displaced fishermen increase their catch.  A major upsurge in conflict in Central Mindanao in 2008 displaced over 700,000 people – the world’s largest population displacement recorded that year.  Since then, WFP has been working the with the government of the Philippines to help displaced communities rebuild their lives after returning home.

1 October 2011

In support of government relief efforts, WFP is providing immediate food assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Nesat in Northern Luzon. Flooding in the wake of the typhoon has caused displacement and damaged livelihoods in several areas of the island.

Food for Assets
12 September 2011

The fierce upsurge in conflict in Central Mindanao in 2008 displaced over 700,000 people. Among them was Efren Canto Mayor, a farmer who was tilling his fields when armed men attacked their village and forced him to flee with his family.  Now Efren has returned to the village, where WFP is helping him and the rest of the community  to rebuild lives and livelihoods.

24 June 2011

 WFP is moving quickly to provide food assistance to victims of the current torrential rains in the Maguindanao province of the Philippines, where flooding has caused serious displacement and disruption to people's livelihoods. First food distributions will start on Saturday.