In simple rites at Sta. Rita and Basey, Samar, the Embassy of Japan’s First Secretary Kenji Terada and JICA’s Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa, together with Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries Executive Director Ariel Cayanan, led the turnover ceremony for the “AKBay – Agrikultura: Kaagapay ng BayangPinoy (Agriculture: A Partner in Philippine Progress) Program Phase II” for Typhoon Yolanda-Affected Areas under the Japan Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers. Formerly known as the KR2 Program, AKBay falls under Japan’s Official Development Assistance.
The total fund support for this project is reported at P139,979,500 as it aims to contribute to the Philippine Government’s recovery and rehabilitation for families who depend on agriculture and fishing in the Typhoon Yolanda affected communities of Region VIII. It hopes to provide income-generating opportunities and help the displaced farmers and fishermen re-establish their livelihood in relocation areas. The Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries of the Department of Agriculture is implementing this project.
Around 8,500 farmer and fisher families are the project’s target beneficiaries from four badly hit provinces namely: Leyte, Eastern Samar, Biliran and Western Samar. Grant assistance of farming plant materials or fishing boats and paraphernalia worth P15,000 per farmer/fisher household with no repayment are the projects components.
This project strengthens the source of livelihood of the local residents, and also assists in farming activities and increased agricultural production in Typhoon Yolanda Affected Areas.