Ten years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the need for increasing resilience of agricultural livelihoods against disasters is a major lesson learned

Ten years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the need for increasing resilience of agricultural livelihoods against disasters is a major lesson learned

25/11/2014

With the ten year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami just weeks away, representatives from ASEAN member countries are assessing the lessons they’ve learned and action taken since then to increase the resilience of agricultural livelihoods to natural disasters.

Several countries of the ASEAN region were among the hardest hit by the 26 December 2004 tsunami, particularly Indonesia’s Aceh province. In total, across the region, hundreds of thousands lost their lives or were displaced, entire fishing communities wiped out and coastal plantations destroyed.

In this context, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has jointly with the Government of Indonesia and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance convened a technical workshop to consider the resilience of agriculture to major disasters in conjunction. The workshop shared lessons learned from the Indian Ocean Tsunami – and other major disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines just over a year ago – and assessed what remains to be done in the agriculture forestry and fisheries sectors to prevent such wide scale damage and losses from reoccurring.