As Super Typhoon Haima churns toward the northern Philippines, Heifer International is helping thousands of farmers in the region prepare for the storm.
Roda Valenzuela, Heifer’s country director in the Philippines, says the typhoon, known locally as Lawin, poses a serious risk to farm families:
“We are very concerned about the typhoon because it has the potential to cause serious damage to agriculture and communities. Much of the farming in the northern part of Luzon is done in valleys, where people raise rice, peanuts, beans, corn, cattle, goats and hogs. The terrain is highly prone to landslides and flash flooding that could pose serious danger to families and farms.”
“Heifer works with 2,000 farm families in Kalinga and another 400 small-scale farmers in neighboring Isabella – two provinces forecasters say could get hit hard by the typhoon. Most of the families we’re working with in these areas are raising dairy cattle, goats and pigs. The farmers are well organized due to Heifer’s focus on building strong communities. As the storm approaches, the communities have been busy bringing livestock to safe places so that they will be well protected. The farmers are very good at following evacuation plans and arranging emergency supplies.”
Heifer staff in the Philippines and U.S. are available for media interviews:
Roda Valenzuela at firstname.lastname@example.org,+63-917-625-5817 or +63-998-845-6837
Mabe Basco, administration manager, email@example.com, +63-999-998-8763.
Dilip Bhandari, director of program and livestock technology, Dilip.Bhandari@heifer.org, +1 501-907-2675
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