JGF Farmer Livelihood Recovery Program benefits farmers in Visayas
The Farmer Livelihood Recovery Program (FLRP) of Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) is helping farmers get back on their feet in typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas region. The FLRP began in March 2014 and is assisting 702 small-holder farmers rebuild their income through farming and livestock-raising.
In a site visit to farms in Iloilo, Aklan and Antique, farmer beneficiaries shared how the program is helping them after their livelihood was affected by typhoon Yolanda last year.
“Malaking tulong talaga ang programa na ito. Dahil sa mga nabenta kong manok, napatayo ko na ulit yung bahay namin. Nakaipon din ako ng mahigit P5,000 na pinambili ko ng semento, mga yero at iba pang kailangan,” (This program is a really big help. Because of the chickens I sold, I was able to rebuild our house. I also earned over P5,000 that I used to buy cement and other materials I needed), shared Rebecca Ortega, a farmer in Culasi, Antique, who raised and sold broiler chickens provided by FLRP.
“Yung mga bakanteng lupa dito na nasalanta ng bagyo, ginawang gulayan na,” (We transformed the empty lots here which were affected by the typhoon into small vegetable gardens), said Rosemarie Arante, a farmer in Lemery, Iloilo who is now planting crops like squash and eggplant for her family’s consumption, as well as to sell to supplement their income.
The FLRP provided training and marketing assistance to farmers in the typhoon affected communities. Initial investments such as vegetable seeds, fertilizers, cash for labor, broiler chicks, feeds and other inputs were also provided to the beneficiaries to help them generate additional income and start them off on a path to recovery.
Currently FLRP is being implemented in 4 provinces (Cebu, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo) with 3 local partner institutions (LAMAC Multi-Purpose Coop, Ahon sa Hirap Inc or ASHI, and Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc or TSKI). JGF is hoping that the income generated from the project will help the farmers continue their livelihood in the coming months.