In the medium and longer term, the aim of the intervention in crop production is to restore and enhance livelihood of the affected population in the devastated areas. More specifically concrete actions are envisaged to restore the food-production capabilities by restoring sustainable crop production systems (i.e. field and horticultural crops, forage/pasture) and the reintroduction of crop and agro-biodiversity that were lost as a result of the Tsunami.
Interventions will also aim at supporting national institutions in reinstating the farmers' know-how level that has been weakened as a result of the loss of experienced farmers. This entails training of trainers and farmers on good agricultural practices and environmentally-appropriate horticulture and livestock-based farming systems.
Special attention is needed to adapted small-scale horticulture systems in the refugee camps to diversify the diet with fresh produce to promote human nutrition and to prepare the population for the future resettlement phase.