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Agricultural inputs distribution in Ormoc City - Philippines
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 crop production was severely damaged with estimates from the Government indicating about 600 000 ha of agriculture land affected, 1.1 million MT of crops lost, 80 % of which in Region VIII.
FAO is working in close collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Save the Children (SC), the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Labour and Employment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Local Government Units to support about 6 800 rice and corn farmers under its project funded by UK-DFID. The Project will be implemented in Region VIII, covering a total of 4 municipalities, approximately reaching some 34 000 men, women and children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
At the end of the Project, the livelihoods of targeted small-scale rice and corn farming communities severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Region VIII will be restored by resuming the agriculture production, and food self-sufficiency will be achieved through diversification of income sources and alternative agriculture practices. New FAO Representative, José Luis Fernandez, travelled to Ormoc City and Tacloban in Region VIII to visit field offices and assess the status of the projects.