Severe damage to agriculture and fisheries after Typhoon Haiyan: FAOListen /
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is mobilizing support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the country causing severe damage to the fisheries and agriculture sectors, in addition to massive loss of life.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said Tuesday "The super typhoon Haiyan has left a trail of destruction and thousands of lives have been lost. The devastation caused in the country, including in the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, puts the lives and livelihoods of many more at risk and can have a wider effect on the food supply chain and food security."
He said FAO "will do everything it can to support the Government of the Philippines in the reconstruction process and to build resilience."
FAO called for $24 million for immediate interventions in fisheries and agriculture as part of the UN-coordinated humanitarian Flash Appeal launched Tuesday.
The Organization has already mobilized more than $1 million from its own resources.
Graziano da Silva expressed the solidarity of FAO and himself "personally with the people and the Government of the Philippines."
The typhoon hit just at the beginning of the main rice-planting season, and FAO estimates that over one million farmers have been affected and hundreds of thousands of hectares of rice destroyed.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.