• Where We Work


Our Work in Philippines

Lutheran World Relief has been working in the Philippines since the 1960s, reaching poor, rural communities with programs in agriculture and food security, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and emergency response. We support communities in Mindanao, the southernmost major island in the Philippines — where chronic armed conflict and limited opportunities for economic improvement have led to high levels of poverty — and the Visayas and Palawan Province, areas severely affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Our holistic approach addresses gender-based constraints at the household,community and institutional level. 

Agriculture and food security

Lutheran World Relief is an internationally-recognized leader in transforming poor rural economies. In the Philippines, our experienced staff and partners develop and implement programs that create linkages along value chains —including abaca, cacao, coconut, coffee, vegetables and livestock — that benefit smallholder farming families. We work alongside communities to help farmers adopt climate-smart sustainable solutions so they can maximize their food production, protect their land and strengthen their resiliency to natural disasters. 

Climate change adaptationand disaster risk reduction

The Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters due to the effects of climate change and its geographic location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and Typhoon Belt. Lutheran World Relief supports coastal fishing communities in identifying potential risks, developing community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) plans and implementing strategies to minimize their vulnerability to disasters.

Emergency operations

Lutheran World Relief’s presence in the Philippines allows us to deliver immediate aid to families affected by emergencies and crises, and promote sustainable recovery so that communities are prepared to withstand the next unexpected challenge. We have responded to several major emergencies in the Philippines, including Tropical Storm Washi, Typhoon Bopha, Super Typhoon Haiyan, and conflict in Marawi

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