Irish Ambassador witnesses first hand FAOs response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
On the 30th January 2014 Joe Hayes, the non-resident Irish Ambassador to the Philippines, visited the typhoon-affected Eastern Visayas with FAO. Interacting with small-scale fishers and farmers in and around Tacloban, he visited rice farmers who have benefitted from an Irish Aid funded FAO project in Barangay Kabangkalan, in the municipality of Santa Fe, South of Tacloban.
The USD 679 348 generously donated to FAO by the Government of Ireland has been put to good use by FAO who is supporting around 60 000 severely affected women, men and children on the Island of Leyte.
To date, with generous support from multiple donors, FAO has delivered critical rice seed packages to around 43 000 affected farmers in time for the December/January planting season. More than 1,800 tonnes of certified quality rice seed are being delivered along with fertilizer and farming tools. By March/April 2014 this should yield enough to feed around 800 000 people for a year, worth USD 84 million in rice.