To ensure that farmers in the provinces battered by Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8 will have the opportunity to repair the damages on their farms, the Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) announced that is now distributing 1,800 tons of rice seeds to 44,000 farming families severely impacted by the weather disturbance.
All of these farmers are living in Regions 6 and 8. Yolanda devastated an estimated 63,234 hectares of rice lands in the two Visayan regions.
This coming March and April, the 1,800 tons of rice seed being distributed by the FAO is expected to provide enough rice to feed an estimated 800,000 people.
This harvest has an estimated market value of $84 million.
Having secured this season’s rice harvest, FAO is focusing on other pressing issues.
As part of the joint UN Strategic Response Plan in response to Yolanda, FAO is seeking for $38 million to support more than 128 000 severely affected households in the Philippines, through interventions targeting rice and corn farming, fisheries, coconut farming, livestock, and agro-forestry.