Official estimates suggest that the typhoon that hit the Philippines on 8th November, 2013, left 14 million people affected and 4.1 million displaced. MIRA results indicate that livelihoods, especially in farming and fishing, have been severely affected by the typhoon, resulting in income losses of up to 70%. Most agricultural households report that it will take between 6 and 8 months to fully recover. In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, households reported significant decreases in food consumption. While the food security situation has improved considerably with the increase in food assistance, the most vulnerable populations remain food insecure and highly dependent on food assistance. MIRA results suggest that 27% of the population in affected areas remains food insecure, and needs continued food assistance to prevent further depletion of assets.
As of December 2013, markets were rapidly recovering across the affected areas and, in some cases, are fully functional. However, high and volatile prices are observed, particularly in the Eastern areas.
The cumulative impact of staple food price changes on the cost of the basic food basket from October to December 2013 was moderate.