After the devastation caused by the
tsunami, the need for emergency rehabilitation of agriculture was
enormous. Immediate needs in the agricultural sector include seed,
fertilizer, tools, small livestock and assistance in rehabilitating
small-scale infrastructure such as irrigation schemes, animal shelters,
and storage facilities and retail markets. It also includes some consistent
interventions to help farmers cleaning up fields to get rid of salt
and sediments and restore fertility.
|West Aceh, February 2005
To prioritise and to plan action it is imperative to have an overview
of the real needs, based on the damages done and on the inherent capacity
to recover so that interventions can specifically target the critical
issues for rapid recovery.
Immediately after the disaster FAO made an estimate of possible
damages to guide initial action. In the first weeks after the disaster
FAO conducted preliminary damage assessment missions that were followed
by more detailed assessments in the countries affected by the tsunami.
The outcomes enable FAO and partners to identify the type of impacts
on agriculture and define appropriate emergency and rehabilitation
interventions. Consolidated updated assessments of various parts
of the affected region are presented at this page.
Emergency and rehabilitation efforts
are all based on the assessments of the impact of the damage, and
focus on critical elements in the recovery process at different stages.
As farmers slowly return to business the focus shifts to less visible
types of damage hampering the recovery proces, such as collapse of
community strucutres, support services and market chains.