Sloping agricultural land technology for Typhoon Bopha affected communities

Training on Sloping Agricultural Land Technology for Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) Affected Communities

The training discussed the Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) concepts and experiences in post calamity areas and will be followed by hands on activities on SALT contouring.

Typhoon Bopha, locally known as Pablo, hit the east coast of Mindanao in the south of the Philippines on 4 December 2012. The Category 5 typhoon, Pablo caused unprecedented damage on people’s lives, properties and livelihoods. The Humanitarian organizations mobilized its resources to respond to the needs of the typhoon affected population. As part of the Livelihood Cluster response, FAO and ILO are currently implementing projects for agrarian reform communities in three municipalities of Davao Oriental to ensure the restoration of their food and nutrition security and agriculture-based livelihoods.

The project will provide agricultural inputs such as seeds for open pollinated rice and corn for upland areas, assorted vegetables and fruit tree seedlings; and hand tools to some 1,300 households under the agrarian reform communities or 6,500 individuals in Davao Oriental to replace assets lost during the typhoon. ILO will complement the inputs distributed with labour intensive initiatives to ensure that the inputs are optimally used. Moreover, the project will conduct training activities aimed at increasing local capacities for ensuring resilient livelihoods. To address disaster risk reduction concerns, the introduction of sloping agricultural land technology approach is considered a priority.

The training aims to strengthen agrarian reform beneficiaries/participants’ knowledge and skills on the principles and procedures in establish Sloping Agricultural Land Technology in erosion prone areas and to improve their knowledge and skills in developing project proposal for post-calamity labour intensive projects using ILO guidelines.