Australia Provides Emergency Assistance to Filipino Farmers

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AUSTRALIA PROVIDES EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS AFFECTED BY TYPHOON MANGKHUT

The Australian Government has provided PHP23 million (AUD600,000) to assist 2,000 farming families in Cagayan Province, in the most affected areas by Typhoon Ompong.

“Australia is a good friend and neighbor, and we are committed to helping families affected by Typhoon Ompong,” said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely. “We are supporting farmers to rebuild their livelihood, and we are assisting their families with cash and in-kind support to help them get back on their feet.”

Australia’s emergency assistance is being implemented in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

FAO will distribute fertilizers to the farming families to complement the Department of Agriculture’s provision of rice seeds, and vegetable seeds as alternative short-term income source while waiting for the next harvest season early next year. FAO will also provide technical support through production-related training. These interventions will help the vulnerable farming families who missed the harvest season in October due to the typhoon.

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Path of Super Typhoon Mangkhut when it hit the Philippines

“The Australian Government’s contribution is critical and timely in helping the affected farming families to get back on their feet again,” said Jose Luis Fernandez, FAO Representative in the Philippines. “If not immediately addressed, this may lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, and more financial difficulties as these farmers try to recoup and recover from their losses.”

WFP will roll out an emergency cash-based program to address food security and nutrition needs of the farming families. The program will provide one-off cash support representing 10 days of the minimum wage for agricultural workers in the area.

“WFP is grateful to the Australian Government for their generous support, which allows us to provide cash assistance to safeguard the food security of the affected farmers and their families while awaiting the next harvest,” said Stephen Gluning, WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director.

About Australian Aid

Australia’s aid program aligns with the priorities of the Philippine Government, which is seeking to put the country on the path of accelerated and inclusive development. The Philippines program is designed to meet the key objectives of inclusive economic growth, effective governance, and peace and stability. For more information, visit https://philippines.embassy.gov.au/mnla/australianaid.html

About FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO’s goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. For more information, visit www.fao.org/philippines or Twitter @FAOPhilippines

About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

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