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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.

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