Philippine coconut farmers struggling to recover from typhoon
27 January 2014, Rome – FAO is warning that coconut farmers in the Philippines are in urgent need of assistance to recover their livelihoods, nearly three months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country. In this region alone, approximately 33 million coconut trees were damaged or destroyed and more than one million coconut farmers impacted. The Philippine Coconut Authority has estimated losses at $396 million. Coconuts are one of the most important crops in the Philippines. The country is the second largest coconut producer in the world, accounting for 26.6% of global production.
Rajendra Aryal is the acting FAO Representative in the Philippines, based in Manila. In the following interview he explains the situation facing coconut farmers in affected areas, how they are impacted and what the recovery plan includes.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari