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Philippines. Better Prepared.

Helping farmers grow enough food to eat and earn an income

Please help us to improve the livelihoods of 3,570 farmers in the Mandanao region.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

This project is about supporting farmers to grow food and earn an income in spite of the effects of climate change and increasingly erratic weather conditions. We are training farmers in climate-smart techniques to help increase their crop yield. This means families have more to eat and can earn an income from the sale of their extra produce. We are also working with local and district governments to ensure these adaptation efforts are incorporated into policies and receive funding.

With your support, we will aim to:

  • Improve the livelihoods of 3,570 farmers in the Mindanao region, at least 60% of whom are women.
  • Provide women with opportunities to earn a living and contribute to the household income.
  • Encourage local and district governments to commit financial and technical support to help farmers adapt to climate change.
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What your money can buy

could train a woman or young person to create an organic kitchen to produce nutritious food

could support a farmer to diversify their income through training and providing livestock (goats, pigs, ducks and chickens) and tree seedlings (coconut, cacao and coffee)

A bit of background

The Philippines is the third most disaster-prone country in the world. In the last five years, the island of Mindanao has been particularly badly affected, suffering from two devastating typhoons.  Mindanao also experienced a severe drought in 2016, as a result of the El Niño phenomenon, and extreme weather events are expected to continue and increase in severity as the Earth's climate changes.  Many people living in Mindanao depend on small-scale farming to earn a living, but research shows that crop yields could decline by as much as 17 per cent unless new farming methods are adopted.  The erratic weather conditions mean that crops are failing more frequently, either from a lack of rain or flooding, and so many poor farmers are struggling to grow enough food to eat and earn the money they need to support their families.

How we're helping

We have already reached 857 farmers, who have improved their farming practices after learning how to make organic fertilisers, plant a variety of crops, and raise livestock, poultry and ducks. By the end of this project, we aim to reach a total of 3,570 farmers, of whom at least 60% are women. We aim to give 1,023 farmers access to marketing and business development services from local farmers' associations, and we will support six of these associations to receive organic accreditation, which will make them eligible for government support.

This project aims to support 53 communities to be more resilient to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. This includes setting up farmer field schools to teach 455 farmers about climate-smart farming techniques, and supporting previous graduates to apply their learning. We also intend to enable five community groups support their members to earn the best prices for their produce through online and SMS-based platforms, collective planning of farming activities and getting organic certification.

This project is also designed to support women to free up time they would otherwise spend on housework by providing labour-saving equipment such as solar lamps, and water and laundry facilities.

Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Zenaida, 60, is married with 10 children. She has been a farmer all her life. She didn't go to school as she was expected to help her father at the farm. Zenaida's family depends on the income generated from selling rice and banana crops. Farming is an expensive job for Zenaida, she explains: "I have been spending so much on renting machinery for farming, especially on farm inputs like fertilisers and pesticides". When Oxfam arrived in her area, Zainada was eager to benefit from the farmer field school. "I became interested in the field school conducted in our barangay [village] because they are teaching farmers how to make concoctions and organic pesticides with materials which can only be found in our farm." After participating in these sessions, she has been able to apply these new techniques to her own land. This means that less of Zenaida's hard-earned money is spent on fertilisers and pesticides, and she can also ensure that her produce is free from chemicals.

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.