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29 Nov, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Double tragedy for farmers feared | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines faces a double tragedy if Filipino farmers who were directly affected by the devastation of super-typhoon “Yolanda” are not provided with immediate assistance, the 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 urgency of timing can’t be overstated,” said Burgeon in a statement as he noted that food is still a priority in the Visayas region three weeks after it was hit by the typhoon that killed over 5,000 people and affecting more than 13 million others, nearly 3.5 million of them left homeless.

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