The project will be implemented in six barangays in the Municipality of Talacogon in the Province of Agusan del Sur, Caraga Region, Philippines. The Barangays are located in Causwagan, Del Monte, Labnig, San Agustin, San Nicolas and Zillovia. The six target Barangays are predominantly farming areas and have high levels of food poverty incidence. The goal of the project is to improve the food security and livelihoods of these vulnerable farming households in Agusan del Sur.
The six barangays have a combined population of 22,328 and 5,300 households. On the average, nearly 5 out of every 10 families are not able to meet the minimum income (5,458 Filipino Pesos or $130 per month) required by a family of five to meet their basic food needs and satisfy nutritional requirements. At the individual level, 40% of the population are not able to afford decent food, clothing, housing, transportation, health, and education.
Being located in a wetland area and with portions of the area protected by law because of its biological and environmental importance, the majority of the residents of the barangays rely on farming, fishing, hunting, wood gathering and logging in Agusan Marsh for their livelihoods.
Target farming households have increased agricultural production.
Target farming households have increased income by growing high value vegetables and staple crops and reducing post-harvest losses for major crops.
Target farming households have increased knowledge and practices on the proper health and nutrition among household members through the adoption of PD-HEARTH.
Target farming households implemented nutrition-sensitive crops production through the Diversified Integrated Farming System.