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Philippines country strategic plan (2018 - 2023)

Operation ID: PH02

CSP approved at EB.A/2018 session.

Revision 02 approved by the CD in April 2019.

Revision 04 approved by the ED in January 2020.

Revision 05 approved by the CD in September 2020.

Revision 06 approved by the CD in December 2020.

Revision 07 approved by the RD in December 2021.

Revision 08 approved by the RD in March 2022.

Revision 09 approved by the RD in March 2023.

The Philippines has made considerable progress in economic, social and human development in the past decade, but persistent challenges are yet to be overcome to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goal 2 in particular. These challenges include a high prevalence of chronic malnutrition, vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, and instability in the south of the country.

The Philippine Development Plan 2017–2022 sets the path for the development of government policies and programmes. The objectives of the plan, such as elimination of child malnutrition, support the development of policies and guidelines directly related to food security and nutrition and Sustainable Development Goal 2. The United Nations system, in coordination with the Government of the Philippines under the leadership of the National Economic and Development Authority, is currently developing the country’s United Nations development assistance framework for 2019–2023 to align with the nation’s priorities.

In 2016, WFP commissioned an independent review that identified gaps and opportunities relevant to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2. Published in 2017, the report, entitled "Strategic Review: Food Security and Nutrition in the Philippines" (full document available here), formed the basis for dialogue with ministries and national institutions, agreement on opportunities for WFP support and the definition of a country strategic plan for the Philippines.

The Philippine country strategic plan (2018–2023) is designed to reduce malnutrition and build the resilience of vulnerable populations. WFP will work with the Government to improve response structures and policy frameworks through the following strategic outcomes:

  • Strategic outcome 1: Crisis-affected people in the Philippines are able to meet their food and nutrition needs during and immediately after an emergency.
  • Strategic outcome 2: Women, boys and girls in provinces prioritized by the Government have adequate and healthy diets to reduce malnutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
  • Strategic outcome 3: Vulnerable communities in Mindanao have improved food security and nutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
  • Strategic outcome 4: National and local government agencies have enhanced capabilities to reduce vulnerability to shocks by 2022.

The country strategic plan outlines the activities that WFP will carry out in partnership with its main government counterparts at the national and regional levels to facilitate the transfer of knowledge on zero hunger solutions while maintaining the capacity to augment the Government’s emergency response as needed.