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The Situation

Despite being one of the fastest growing economies in southeast Asia, in recent years declines in poverty have been modest, leaving marginalized groups such as women, children and the elderly, vulnerable to hunger and poverty. Although recent government data for the first quarter of 2016 showed that the country’s GDP expanded by 6.9 percent, up from the 5.8 percent in 2015 annual GDP, poverty incidence remains high at 25.8 percent from the end of 2015.

According to the 2015 Global Hunger Index, the food and nutrition situation in the Philippines is “serious” despite steady improvements since the 1990s, positioning the country at 53 out of 104 countries. Prevalence of undernutrition remains an issue of public concern. Based on the 2015 National Nutrition Survey, wasting and stunting among children in WFP’s operational areas in Mindanao remained problematic at 7.1 percent and 33.4 percent respectively in 2015, higher than the national prevalence and above the acceptable range as defined by the World Health Organization.

World Food Programme's Work

WFP assistance is tailored to reach the most vulnerable in areas where poverty, nutrition and basic education indicators remain well below the national average. WFP supports internally displaced people and returnees through market sensitive food assistance-for-assets options, school meals, and stunting prevention programs for children under two years of age and pregnant and nursing women. WFP provides general food and nutrition assistance through an asset creation program as well as a stunting prevention program.

WFP re-established its presence in the Philippines in 2006 to support the ongoing Mindanao peace process and to help build community resilience to armed conflict, which undermines food security.

  • Disaster preparedness: WFP supports local government units, academic institutions, civil society and NGOs in strengthening disaster preparedness and risk reduction mechanisms through initiatives such as capacity development trainings, installation of early warning systems, and community-based risk mitigation activities. Many of these efforts draw upon key learnings from the 2013-2014 Typhoon Haiyan emergency to ultimately mitigate potential operational bottlenecks and challenges identified during the large-scale humanitarian response.

Articles About Philippines

A group of men pass bags of rice to one another, standing atop a giant heap of bags
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How a Bike Racer in the Philippines Saved Lives After the Strongest Cyclone Ever

“Around 6:30 to 7 a.m., the first wave of water came in,” he recalls. Daniel Crisostomo, a Filipino mountain bike racer, chokes up whenever he thinks of November 8th, 2013…

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School Meals Through the Eyes of a Teacher

Hear how teachers Giselle and Wilma have witnessed and contributed to the positive impact of school meals on their students.

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Behind the Lens with Eduardo Martinez: Why Oliver is UPS’ “Secret Sauce”

  When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, the team at UPS responded to the UN World Food Programme's call for support. And they knew exactly who to call…

Ash Kosiewicz

Behind The Lens: Looking Back At Typhoon Haiyan

This Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, the historic cyclone that slammed into the Philippines in 2013, killing more than 6,300 people and affecting 14 million.

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Philippines: Pushing Community-Driven Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives In Sorsogon

Sorsogon is one of the most disaster-prone provinces in the Philippines. What is WFP doing to help address the effects of severe disasters and climate change in the province? Natural…

Faizza Tanggol

A Child’s First 1,000 Days In The Philippines

In line with the Zero Hunger Challenge and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative of ensuring zero stunted children, the World Food Programme (WFP) is committed to preventing stunting in children through nutrition interventions…

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Delivering Hope in the Philippines: WFP Responds to Typhoon Hagupit

A major typhoon slammed into the Philippines today, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is already on the ground working with the Philippines government to provide logistical support…

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WFP Is Monitoring The Path of Typhoon Hagupit

The World Food Programme (WFP) is closely monitoring the progress of Typhoon Hagupit and has food stocks available and staff on standby to assist the Philippines government in a response…

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Praveen Agrawal stands outside of damaged buildings after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
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One Year Later: Filipino Communities Rebuild and Grow Stronger

Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, destroying everything in its path. Forty-one million coconut trees snapped in half. Flood water surged over 30 feet deep for several miles in all directions.…

Praveen Agrawal

A Year After Typhoon Haiyan, a Mother Treasures School Awards

Analy, 36, has always seen education as the key to a better life for her children. So when her home was smashed to pieces by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the…

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