Friday, November 29, 2013
Philippines-Disasters Awaits Farmers After Yolanda
Fallen trees near Guiuan, Eastern Samar looks like match sticks after Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the province hard. The Philippines faces double tragedy if Pilipino farmers who were directly affected by the devastation of Super Typhoon "Yolanda" are not provided with immediate assistance, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. It would be a double tragedy, explained Dominique Burgeon, director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, if next harvest season the farmers still needed to rely on continued humanitarian food assistance. The UN agency already called on donors to urgently provide more than $11 Million to help rural communities clean and clear agricultural land and de-silt irrigation canals in the aftermath of the Super Typhoon. The Department of Agriculture had earlier requested that FAO supports its cash for work scheme, covering more than 150,000 hectares and some 80 Km of communal irrigation canals.
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