Cotabato, 1 July 2022 (TDI): Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO/UN-FAO) met the Philippines Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR).

MAFAR’S Minister Mohammad Shuaib Yacob is responsible for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian activities. The three parties met with the Minister to discuss how the field mission in Maguindanao and Cotabato will take place. The meeting took place on the 6th of June 2022.

KOICA listed its activities for the field mission in Maguindanao and Cotabato. These include project visits to CBO enterprises under the Support to Agriculture and Agribusiness Enterprises in Mindanao for Sustainable Development.

It also includes a face-face Project Coordination Committee will also take (PPC) meeting. Yacob added that UN-FAO and KOICA have cooperated with the Philippines since the ARMM government and the BARMM government.

He also said that he recognized the efforts of the international agency to help the Ministry program. The Ministry’s program is for Bangsamoro farmers, fisher folks, and agrarian reform beneficiaries.

“Despite the challenges we are facing, especially the global pandemic, we are grateful for the partnership of UN-FAO, KOICA, and MAFAR,” Yacob said.

Furthermore, he said that every project was vital as it improved the lives of the people of the Bangsamoro community. KOICA and UN-FAO also thanked the Minister for the beneficial insights and assured BARMM of continued support.


Korea International Cooperation Agency, also known as KOICA works to improve international cooperation through cooperative projects.

Its mission seeks to enhance development cooperation between Korea and developing countries.

KOICA has been cooperating with many developing countries
KOICA has been cooperating with many developing countries

Food Agriculture Agency is a specialized agency of the United Nations that aims to defeat world hunger. It aims to ensure food security for all people and help them access adequate high-quality foods.  FAO currently works in 130 countries globally.

UN-FAO/FAO ensures food security for all
UN-FAO/FAO seeks to ensure food security for all people

KOICA and UN-FAO have worked with other agencies such as UNFPA in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and many other countries.