DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST EVER BARMM FSN ROADMAP PROGRESSES

Now on its second phase, the development of the BARMM Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Roadmap is still endeavored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) in strategic collaboration with the World Food Program (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
 
The five-day activity happens until today at the Microtel by Wyndham in Davao City and is attended by the core team familiarly called “The FSN Advocates” composed of technical and planning staff from BARMM ministries and agencies such as MAFAR, Ministry of Social Services (MSS), Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA).
 
Guided by the principles of moral governance, breaking silence, and working together, the phase two of the development of BARMM FSN roadmap has sets of workshops that aim to provide a platform for the formulation of specific programs, strategies, and activities for the implementation of the roadmap.
 
Workshops are centered on the eight dimensions of the food security learning framework. These dimensions, as explained by Dr Mishael Q. Argonza, Head of WFP Cotabato City Sub-Office, are improved livelihoods and household income, with focus on agricultural productivity; increased resilience of vulnerable populations/communities; improved research, innovation, and commercialization for agriculture and nutrition; expanded markets and value chain; improved policies, institutions, and implementation capacity for food and nutrition security; enhanced dietary quality and nutrition; enhanced management of natural resources and adaptation to climate change; and improved gender equality and women empowerment.
 
Preceding the workshops, through which gaps, enabling mechanisms and strategies were identified, were the presentations on phase one inputs and outputs, institutional capacities, community based participatory planning (CBPP), key monitoring and evaluation concepts, Philippine plan of action for nutrition (PPAN), poverty incidence among BARMM populations, MAFAR strategic plans and existing platforms and program implementations, and seasonal livelihood programming.
 
Aside from Argonza, the resource speakers were Mr. Juanito G. Berja, WFP VAM Officer, Dr Martin Parreño, WFP PPA, Dr Cielito F. Habito, M&E Consultant, Maria Cecilia Pastores, FAO FSN Specialist, Ismael Trasmonte, Jr., Agricultural Environment Specialist, Fahima Abdulaziz, WFP Field Monitor Assistant, and MAFAR technical and planning staff Ismail Guiamel, Datu Hamsur Zaid, Johaira Samad, Pendatun Mambatawan, and Pendatun Patarasa.
 
Minister Mohammad S. Yacob expressed his gratitude to WFP for its funding and technical commitment, to FAO, MAFAR staff, and all the ministries involved in the process. He stressed the importance of knowing and implementing the appropriate and needed programs and activities and ensuring that they help and benefit the least served and neediest communities or beneficiaries in the region.
 
Meanwhile, Argonza stressed the indispensability of looking into not just the feasibility but also the viability and sustainability of the strategies and programs to realize the vision of the FSN that is ‘a self-reliant, food secure, and resilient Bangsamoro.
 
The third and final phase of the development of BARMM FSN Roadmap is scheduled on December 2-6, 2019.

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