Japan’s government has approved the funding for the second phase of the “AKBay—Agrikultura: Kaagapay ng Bayang Pinoy (Agriculture: A Partner in Philippine Progress) Program” for Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas, under the Japan Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers (formerly known as the “2KR Program”).
A total of P139,979,500 from Japan’s Official Development Assistance was approved for allocation.
The project aims to contribute to the Philippine government’s recovery and rehabilitation efforts specifically for families in the agriculture and fishing communities in Region 8, affected by November 2013’s super typhoon. Specifically, the grant will be used to provide income-generating opportunities to help displaced farmers and fishers re-establish livelihood in relocation areas.
“AKBay” will be implemented by the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for a period of one year, targeting some 8,500 farmer and fisher families in Leyte, Eastern Samar, Biliran and Western Samar. Project components include grant assistance of farming plant materials or fishing boats and paraphernalia worth P15,000 per farmer/fisher household with no repayment.
Super Typhoon Yolanda caused damages amounting to P39.82 billion, with P19.56 billion for infrastructures and P20.26 billion for agriculture in Central Visayas and Palawan province. While the immediate needs of the affected families were provided following the devastation, continuing assistance through livelihood opportunities, which will provide sustainable means for the victims, remains very crucial.
For the past 30 years, the 2KR Program has made a positive impact on the livelihood of Filipino farmers. This project reaffirms Japan’s commitment, as the top donor of the Official Development Assistance to the Philippines, to support the efforts of the Philippine government to alleviate poverty and achieve food self-sufficiency. The project also serves as a continuing testimony of strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines toward the future.