Date Published:
Sep 26, 2023
Policy Notes
Focus Area(s):
PN 2023-20

Food security policies and programs build resilience against conflict. However, within the context of conflict-ridden communities, such policies and programs become immaterial. Hence, a sustainable community-based agriculture program is deemed necessary to empower people within their localities. Culled from the study "From Arms to Farms: A Community-Based Sustainable Agriculture Program in Kauswagan and Neighboring Communities in Lanao del Norte," this Policy Note examines the state of conflict-ridden communities before (2000–2009) and after (2010–present) the implementation of the program. It delves into various aspects of the program (i.e., economic, social cohesion, and environmental dimensions), management process, and the motivations driving rebel returnees and other stakeholders to engage in the program. The Note also evaluates the sociopolitical, economic, and environmental impacts of the program on partner communities and other stakeholders, the encountered challenges and corresponding responses, as well as the program's best practices. The study concludes that the From Arms to Farms program has brought about positive transformations in the lives of rebel returnees, their families, and their communities.

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