FAO has assisted nearly 44 000 affected families to plant rice in time for the December/January planting season, filling the gap in rice seed requirements identified by the Government for Regions VI and VIII. By June, this will yield enough rice to feed some 800 000 people for a year, at an estimated market value of USD 84 million.
FAO is providing 13 000 tools, over 4 500 tonnes of fertilizer and other vital agricultural equipment to around 80 000 affected families, complementing seed distributions in Regions IVB, V, VI, VII and VIII.
Strategic Response Plan: five critical areas of FAO intervention and coordination (USD 38 million):
Rice and corn farmers
Fisheries and coastal communities
Backyard livestock production + Cluster coordination
FAO has received USD 34.7 million in funding, which will enable a wide range of support to affected families, including small-scale rice, corn, coconut and upland farmers, fishers and smallholder livestock and poultry producers.
Contributors include: CERF, ECHO, FAO and the Governments of Belgium, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.