The farmers of Lanao del Sur, Philippines have survived three catastrophes: the Marawi Siege between ISIS and military that displaced their families and bombed their farmers market and trading center; the typhoon Vinta in 2017 that flooded their fields; and the prolonged drought early 2019.
Hunger leads to desperation. Hunger leads to abandon farmlands and look for jobs in the city. Hunger leads to embrace radical, violent extremism.
Our group, Duyog Marawi, an interfaith, youth-led response to these crisis brings the energy of Muslim and Christian young professionals to provide assistance to vulnerable sectors like these farmers.
We piloted a sustainable agriculture approach that improves their productivity and link them to urban markets for their crops.
The amount will go to fund six farmer associations in conflict zones by providing them with training, seeds, initial capital to build their organic fertilizer production, and marketing expenses. 200 Farmers are the target recipients of this project.
We plant the seeds of peace. We take care of the environment. We address hunger and health. We bring Muslims and Christians together.