An estimate 9.5 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan which swept through the Philippines with winds gusting up to 270 km/h. In addition to massive loss of life, the super typhoon has caused severe damage to fisheries and agriculture and could have a wider effect on food supply chain and food security. FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva promised in his statement, “FAO will do everything within its means to support the Government of the Philippines in the reconstruction process and to build resilience.” FAO called for $24 million for immediate intervention based on preliminary assessment. The Organization will carry out a full assessment of the damage caused to the agriculture and fisheries sectors as soon as the situation on the ground allows. To follow FAO’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, click here.