Côte d’Ivoire farmers need urgent assistance as rainy season begins

Côte d’Ivoire farmers need urgent assistance as rainy season begins

18/04/2011

As a delicate peace takes hold in Côte d’Ivoire following months of severe political violence, the race is on to save the upcoming rice and maize planting season that begins with the first rains starting just about now in the west and north of the country.

Against the backdrop of a security situation that remains precarious, FAO is responding by procuring seeds, tools and fertilizer kits for around 12,000 farming households in both Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. Distributions will take place in the coming days in villages that are host to refugees and internally displaced.

An estimated one million people have been displaced inside the Côte d’Ivoire and up to 150,000 people have fled into Liberia, putting a huge strain on the already meager resources of host villages.