The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


We work with rural communities to develop sustainable and climate-resilient livelihoods in the Philippines. This country is particularly vulnerable to typhoons and Caritas provides emergency relief when they hit.

Development Programmes

Farming & Resource Management for Increased Resilience, Security & Technical Skill (FARMFIRST)

Working in partnership with NASSA (Caritas Philippines), FARMFIRST was launched at the end of 2015. It targets some of the most vulnerable farming and fishing communities in the Philippines to adopt more sustainable and climate-resilient farming and fishing practices.

The programme aims to increase food and water security through careful management of the environment and natural resources, and to improve people’s resilience to natural disasters by offering training in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It is being implemented in 9 provinces throughout the Philippines, and will directly benefit 1,600 farming and fishing families.


Past Emergencies

The Philippines are highly susceptible to typhoons. Caritas helps with emergency response and preparedness for future typhoons. In November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines. It was the largest storm to make landfall in living memory and affected approximately 13 million people.

Caritas, with help from donors and the New Zealand Government gave over a million dollars to the relief effort.

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Tutu ana te puehu - Stirring up the dust