Building more resilient farming communities after Typhoon Haiyan

Jul 2015

To help build the resilience of small-scale rice-, corn- and coconut-based farming communities severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan, some 40,000 households have received recovery support in the form of water- and pest-resistant storage containers, along with training that will help farmers to protect their seeds and reduce post-harvest losses.

One of the most important post-harvest activities is the storage of grains and seeds. However, according to a recent FAO Post-Harvest Haiyan Report, many farming households lose an average of almost 60 kg during the storage period.

In addition to distributing seed storage containers, FAO is has also provided household farming kits, which include vegetable seeds, heavy-duty tarpaulin, drying nets, watering cans and organic fertilizer.

The Rice and Corn Recovery programme and Coconut-Based Farming Systems programme are part of FAO’s USD 39.7 million Typhoon Haiyan Strategic Response Plan, which aims to address the early recovery needs of some 56,000 affected farming families. The programmes are funded by the Governments of Canada, Finland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and United Kingdom.

 

Author: FAO Philippines