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FAO is working to help typhoon-affected farmers to ensure the next harvests in 2014 – You can help as well.

17 Dec 2013 - FAO is working to help typhoon-affected farmers to ensure the next harvests in 2014 – You can help as well.

Philippine farmers need urgent assistance  to avoid a double tragedy befalling rural survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon hit just as farmers were beginning a new planting season, and FAO estimates that over one million farmers have been affected and hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice destroyed.

Our goal is to help typhoon-affected farmers restore their livelihoods so that Philippine families will not have to rely on humanitarian food aid next year.

We urgently needto provide farmers with rice seeds so that they can plant or replant crops before the end of the season in December. Families also need vegetable seeds so that they have a source of food while they wait to harvest their main crops.

FAO is also running a cash-for-work programme where rural people receive much-needed cash in return for helping to clean and clear agricultural land and de-silt irrigation canals in the aftermath of the typhoon’s devastation.

We are calling for $20 million to provide farmers with seeds and fertilizers and an additional $11 million to help rural people clear land so that it is ready for planting.

Fishing and fish farming communities also need our support.

So far we have mobilized over $7 million from our own resources and donations from Belgium, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Central Emergency Response Fund, but we have a long way to go.

Please help us by getting involved and making your donation today.

With your help, farmers and fishers will be able to provide for their own families again, and rebuild their lives.