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Irish Minister for Trade and Development visits FAO recovery projects in the Philippines
“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 we will continue to engage with FAO in the years to come,” Minister Joe Costello said during a visit to Barangay Olotan, Jaro, in Region VIII, the island of Leyte.
Here in the Eastern Visayas, Typhoon Haiyan severely affected the livelihoods of the rice and coconut farmers when it made landfall on 8 November, damaging 33 million coconut trees and vast areas of cropland. To date, FAO has assisted 12 293 farming families in the island of Leyte thanks to Irish funds – delivering nearly 500 000 kg of rice seed, 46 500 kg of urea fertilizer, and farming tools that will serve as lasting assets.
These inputs have enabled small-scale farmers to plant in time for the December/January planting season, and thereby securing much-needed food and income, as well as seeds they can use in future planting seasons.