FAO supports Philippine rice farmers affected by Typhoon HaiyanListen /
With the Philippines still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing nearly 44,000 households there with rice seeds in time for the planting season.
The UN agency says the nearly 2,000 tonnes of rice seed it is currently distributing in the country should yield enough to feed around 800, 000 people for a whole year, at an estimated market value of $84 million.
FAO says if farmers missed the December/January planting season, they would not harvest until October 2014 and would thus have to rely on food aid for almost a year.
Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8 November, severely damaged ready-to-harvest, harvested and newly planted rice, in addition to seed stocks and tools.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.