Response to Typhoon Koppu

Feb 2016

Typhoon Koppu (local name Lando) made landfall in the Central Luzon Region of the Philippines on 18 October 2015, affecting 26 provinces and leaving USD 205.9 million worth of damage to the agriculture sector. Rice, the hardest-hit principal crop, accounts for at least 86 percent of total crop loss. The typhoon struck during harvest period, destroying ready-to-harvest and harvested paddy rice, further affecting farmers who have been reeling from the impacts of El Nino since early 2015.

In response to an official request for support from the Department of Agriculture, FAO is providing certified rice seeds and complete fertilizer to 18 900 rice farming households. This will augment the farm inputs that the Government of the Philippines is providing in affected areas in Central Luzon and will help ensure that all if not most of the affected farmers receive time-critical support.

FAO’s Typhoon Koppu Response is implemented with support from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the contribution of the Government of Belgium to FAO’s Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities, and re-programmed savings from FAO’s Typhoon Haiyan Emergency, Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme provided by the governments of Ireland, New Zealand and Norway.

The project is expected to facilitate the production of 99 200 metric tonnes of paddy rice, which is equivalent to 59 500 metric tonnes of milled rice that can feed about 522 000 people for one year.

Author: FAO/Philippines