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Read more about FAO in emergencies and the Typhoon Haiyan in the PhilippinesBack-to-back crises – conflict, typhoons, flooding – make it difficult for many farmers, herders and fishers in the Philippines to rebound, especially as they struggle to replace what was lost or damaged, be it seeds and tools, livestock or fishing gear. Getting vulnerable families back to producing food and earning an income – and helping them withstand the next disaster – is at the heart of FAO’s work in the Philippines.

Rebuilding livelihoods

Insecurity, poverty and frequent natural disasters prevent many people in the southern island of Mindanao from getting the food they need. Decades of conflict have uprooted thousands from their villages, sometimes more than once. Many of the displaced have begun returning home following the 2009 ceasefire, though others continue to live in evacuation centres or host communities. FAO is providing vulnerable farming families – many of whom face debt – with quality maize, rice and vegetable seeds, hand tools, fertilizers, goats, chickens and fishing gear so they can restart their livelihoods. FAO is also helping farmers, both men and women, to increase their production skills through hands-on training and to develop new skills in group management.

Becoming more resilient to disasters

To say that the Philippines is prone to natural disasters is an understatement. On average, 20 typhoons strike the country each year, in addition to occasional landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions – all of which chip away at farmers’ and fishers’ ability to earn a living. FAO is training farmers on improved agricultural practices to raise yields and reduce the risk of crop failure, including the use of saline- and drought-resistant seeds, labour-saving technologies and better water and soil management. Likewise, it is encouraging sustainable fisheries management and working to improve the flow of timely weather- and agriculture-related information.

 

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 - Small-scale fishers whose livelihoods were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan will soon have access to a new hybrid boat developed jointly by the United Nations Food and ...read more
16/06/2014
 - Typhoon Haiyan has severely damaged the agriculture sector, which provides in the Philippines 40.5 % of national employment for men and 21.8 % for women. Especially ...read more
04/06/2014
 - Typhoon Haiyan brought destruction to aquaculture facilities of both government and the fish farming communities in 4 regions of the country. The majority of municipalities severely ...read more
15/05/2014
 - Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines on 8 November 2013, destroying some 600 000 hectares of farmland and leaving tens of thousands of farmers without a ...read more
08/05/2014
 - Tens of thousands of farmers are bringing in the first rice harvest six months after one of the worst typhoons to ever hit the Philippines left ...read more
07/05/2014
 - Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the central Philippines on 8 November 2013, destroying some 600 000 hectares of farmland and leaving tens of thousands ...read more
06/05/2014
 - HIGHLIGHTS FAO has assisted nearly 44 000 affected families to plant rice after the Typhoon Haiyan in time for the December/January planting season, filling the gap in ...read more
05/05/2014
 - Small scale coconut farmers in the Philippines will soon receive assistance to restore their livelihoods severely affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, the UN’s Food and ...read more
09/04/2014
 - “We are very pleased with the good work done by our longstanding partner FAO in supporting you in the recovery process. We trust FAO’s approach and ...read more
27/03/2014
 - On 16 March, New Zealand Minister of Civil Defence Nikki Kaye and Ambassador Reuben Levermore met  rice and coconut farmers in Barangay Gacao, Palo, Leyte, in ...read more
19/03/2014