Last February 2019, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a $240,000 contribution from the Government of Italy to help 6,500 displaced people in Marawi to rebuild their livelihoods and access nutritious foods.
The Government of Italy’s contribution to WFP will support families over three months, providing them with cash assistance in exchange for their participation in livelihood projects focused on fisheries and farming.
WFP will work in partnership with the Philippine Government, through the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, to implement the project. In 2018, the Government of Italy provided €300,000 to WFP to assist 1,600 displaced farmers and their families with food assistance and livelihood support, including rice and corn production, bio-intensive and vegetable gardening, as well as inland fishpond tilapia farming.
Since conflict between government forces and armed militant groups broke out in Marawi City in May of 2017, WFP through the support of its donors, has been working in partnership with the Government of the Philippines by addressing the food security and nutrition needs of conflict-affected communities.