The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has forged an agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) for the development and implementation of programs that will improve and increase agricultural productivity, and promote social protection and climate resilience in agrarian reform communities (ARCs).
Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano said the first agenda of the agreement is to publish an atlas that would be used as essential reference materials for strategic planning and policy formulation for land tenure improvement and support services, food security and social protection programs and projects.
“Now that we have signed the contract, we — the DAR and the WFP — will now start gathering data, monitoring and assessing information for the book that would be called The Philippine Food and Nutrition Security Atlas,” Mariano said.
He explained that the process of gathering data is crucial for the effectivity of the book.
He said DAR and WFP would develop and implement innovative and scientific measures to monitor and analyze data.
“The monitoring system we will use incorporates indicators on food security, poverty reduction and capacity building on data collection, processing and reporting,” Mariano said.
Both agencies will also collaborate in overseeing and supervising activities on programs and projects on disaster preparedness and climate resilience measures.
The signed agreement between DAR and WFP will be in force until 2020.