“From the American People”: the US Farm Bill and the reform of emergency food aid

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The Lancet Global Health
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Vol. 2, No. 5, e255–e256

On Nov 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. Winds of up to 235 km/h cut through the province of Eastern Samar as the storm progressed westwards and further towards the centre of the island archipelago. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, a myriad of humanitarian stakeholders scrambled to provide basic services including health care, shelter, and food to the affected population. A month later the devastation caused by the typhoon gave the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN reason to add the Philippines to its database of 33 countries requiring external food assistance.