UNFPA and FAO jointly implement an Australian-backed development initiative for conflict-displaced women and youth in the Bangsamoro region – Philippines

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The joint initiative aims to improve health, protection, welfare and other complementary support to conflict-affected and displaced Bangsamoro women and youth to empower them to participate effectively in sustainable agricultural livelihoods. and resilient and improve their lives..

Metro Manila, Philippines — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have signed a partnership agreement to jointly implement the “Development Resilient Livelihoods for Women and Youth) in Maguindanao,” an initiative that will provide improved health, protection, welfare, and other forms of complementary support to Bangsamoro women and youth affected by conflict and displaced to empower them to participate effectively in sustainable and resilient agricultural livelihoods. The project is supported by the Australian government.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Leila Joudane, Representative of UNFPA-Philippines, and Ms. Kati Tanninen, FAO Representative in the Philippines, on April 12, 2022 and in the presence of Mr. Thanh Le PSM, Development Advisor from the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.

Under the project, UNFPA and FAO will provide displaced people with agricultural inputs and technologies, as well as vocational training to enable conflict-affected women and youth to establish and effectively manage livelihoods. or agricultural enterprises, as well as to collaboratively build their capacities to improve their access to appropriate protection and social support services and to safely implement agro-enterprise development activities. The two agencies will also work with relevant national and local government entities to promote and develop gender responsive, inclusive and culturally sensitive policies and approaches to community-based disaster risk reduction and management, with the aim of build community resilience, boost local food security and safeguard agricultural livelihoods and businesses.

“This initiative underscores the importance of joint programming between United Nations agencies based in the Philippines and is in line with the peace and development plans of the national government and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” said said Ms. Joudane, emphasizing the importance of partnership and initiative.

“We cannot achieve real and lasting peace and progress without involving women and young people. And this requires that women and young people be properly trained to be effective agents of change. To that end, we thank the Australian Government for their support of this important initiative,” she added.

“FAO is proud and honored to work with UNFPA, Australia, and our partners in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on this initiative that will benefit over 1,500 conflict-affected households in Maguindanao” , said Ms. Tanninen.

“This joint initiative demonstrates our continued and unwavering commitment to work hand-in-hand with partners to help achieve genuine and lasting peace and development in Mindanao by helping conflict-affected communities get back on their feet. building sustainable and resilient agriculture. livelihoods,” she added.

In response, Mr Le said Australia is proud to support this initiative, particularly as it exemplifies regional equity, which is badly needed if conflict-affected and displaced communities are to move forward. before.

“I am particularly impressed with how this project is structured to address the different layers of vulnerabilities in affected communities. We look forward to what this initiative will accomplish,” he concluded.

Local partners in the initiative include the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development (MSSD) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) of BARMM regional government, as well as local NGOs. in Maguindanao.

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