Rice farmers race to get planting done in Philippines

Published on 25 November 2013

The humanitarian crisis in the Philippines could be exacerbated if farmers are unable to plant their fields within the next few weeks, the World Food Program is warning. Elisabeth Rasmusson, assistant executive director with the global aid organization, said the current challenge is to get rice seeds to as many farmers as possible before the planting season is over. The Philippines is struggling to recover after a massive typhoon struck the island nation, ripping through cities and villages on several islands. The official death toll exceeds 5,200, the government said Friday.

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