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Rehabilitation & Reform: Rebuilding the Visayas, Rebuilding the Nation

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Building Back Better – How?
Yolanda’s wrath devastated the whole of Visayas and parts of Southern Luzon and Northern Mindanao. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), in the rehabilitation document Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), reported the following staggering figures on the immediate human impact of Yolanda as of December 2013:
  • 6,000 dead,
  • 2,000 missing,
  • 4.4 million (930,000 families) displaced,
  • 12.2 million (2.6 million families) affected,
  • 1.2 million houses damaged (with 600,000 houses more than 50 per cent destroyed), and
  • 400,000 housed in evacuation centers.
On the infrastructure and economic impact of Yolanda, NEDA estimated the damages to reach a whopping amount of P571.1 billion or US$12.9 billion.  The breakdown is as follows:



IRDF Sustainable Agriculture Farm

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IRDF believes that agrarian reform is central to development of the rural sector in the Philippines and other countries still saddled with a similar old mode of agricultural production. This mode is characterised by concentration of land ownership in the landed gentry, primitive land tenure arrangements such share cropping or leasehold, merchant monopoly and monopsony of inputs and agricultural products respectively, usury. The green revolution superimposed chemical based agriculture on this old farming system and resulted in an intensification of the old forms of unequal relations between the mass of small peasants and the traditional as well as new rural elites. Increased productivity did not improve the lives of peasant families due to the intensification of exploitation – higher land rent, usury and merchant monopoly profits through their control of inputs and farm produce markets. Please click here to download the whole document IRDF Demo Farm.


Farmers’ Capacity Building and Organizing Program

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This program strengthens the capacities of small farmers, women, fishers and indigenous groups to  have access to and control over their land, water, forests, seeds, market and capital through organizing, leadership development, value formation, policy advocacy, paralegal work,  and local campaigns. The target is to build active people’s organizations that carry the aspirations of the marginalized rural sectors for social justice, promote and protect their rights, and increasingly influence and redirect national and local policies in favour of genuine agrarian reform, greater public support for smallholder farmers, food sovereignty, and gender equity, economic and environmental justice.



Policy Research, Advocacy & Campaigns

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IRDF's advocacy focuses on the people's agenda for food sovereignty, agrarian reform and economic justice.  IRDF's work looks into the impact of neo-liberal globalization on small farmers , women, artisanal fishers and indigenous peoples and  presents reforms in policies and institutions governing agriculture and food production, distribution and consumption based on the principles of food sovereignty and human rights. It seeks to build a consensus among civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements on how food sovereignty and food security can be achieved and works at building cooperation to improve the capacity of CSOs in building strong social movements working for lasting policy changes and in engaging governments, inter-governmental bodies and other actors.


Rural Livelihood and Enterprise Development

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Rural Livelihood and Enterprise Development Program (RLDP) - contributes to the development of sustainable livelihood systems and the promotion of greater equity in rural areas by increasing incomes of rural households, both from farm and off-farm sources. The program's key strategies focus on facilitating the rural poor's access to credit, technology and market, strengthening their bargaining power through the formation of cooperative and appropriate self-help associations,  developing economically viable and sustainable enterprises where the beneficiaries can effectively exercise management and control and receive equitable benefits.
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