We support communities in Mindanao, the southernmost major island in the Philippines — where chronic armed conﬂict and limited opportunities for economic improvement have led to high levels of poverty — and the Visayas and Palawan Province, areas severely affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Our holistic approach addresses gender-based constraints at the household, community and institutional level.
In the Philippines, we develop and implement programs that create linkages along value chains —including abaca, cacao, coconut, coffee, vegetables and livestock — that benefit smallholder farming families. We work alongside communities to help farmers adopt climate-smart sustainable solutions so they can maximize their food production, protect their land and strengthen their resiliency to natural disasters. We also help farmers organize and join producer associations so they are better able access to credit, enter more lucrative markets, and collectively purchase farm inputs and market crops.
The Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters. Lutheran World Relief supports coastal fishing communities in identifying potential risks, developing community-based disaster risk reduction plans and implementing strategies to minimize vulnerability to disasters.
In the aftermath of a disaster, Lutheran World Relief provides immediate aid — like food, water household essentials, shelter construction materials and support for livelihood recovery. We have responded to several major emergencies in the Philippines, including Tropical Storm Washi, Typhoon Bopha, Super Typhoon Haiyan, and conflict in Marawi.