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 - The Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) enables the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to take rapid and effective action in response to food and agricultural threats and emergencies. The Fund has three components: (i) a working capital component to advance funds once a ...read more
27/01/2015
 - HIGHLIGHTS FAO is providing assistance in four critical areas of intervention, in support of over 154 000 families in the Philippines: Rice and corn farming – FAO has supported more than 100 000 rice and corn farmers since December 2013. Livelihoods were restored rapidly, with big returns. This included the distribution of ...read more
19/01/2015
 - FAO STRATEGY The most urgent priority of FAO and all UN partners is stopping the epidemic and ending the tragic loss of life. Immediate action must also be taken to avoid a potential food security crisis. Therefore, FAO’s strategy focuses on supporting life-saving activities while also safeguarding food security, nutrition and ...read more
16/01/2015
 - STRATEGIC RESPONSE FAO’s main objective is to mitigate the negative impacts of EVD on food security and livelihoods in Guinea, and to contribute to lifesaving activities by stopping the spread of the disease to ensure a prompt return to agricultural production and awareness raising and income-generating activities. FAO’s response in Guinea builds ...read more
16/01/2015
 - STRATEGIC RESPONSE The most urgent concerns expressed by the women and men interviewed were the imminent threat of virus transmission and the revitalization of their livelihood activities, especially in regards to community savings and loans schemes. Communities have not been sufficiently educated on virus transmission, which prevents them from continuing their ...read more
16/01/2015
 - STRATEGIC RESPONSE The Food Security and Nutrition Working Group – of which FAO supports the secretariat – recommends the following actions: (i) re-open key periodic markets under sanitary conditions; (ii) facilitate transportation of food commodities to market centres; (iii) encourage farmers and farmers’ groups to resume farming under safe conditions in ...read more
16/01/2015
 - For FAO, preparedness consists of setting up effective measures to anticipate, respond to and recover from the impact of disasters for the different analysis units such as: individuals, households, organizations, communities and societies. Prevention refers to all activities that enable the negative impact of hazards to be avoided and the associated ...read more
12/01/2015
 - HIGHLIGHTS Rice production is estimated to decline by 12 percent, 8 percent and 3.7 percent in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, respectively. The sub - national level impact on production is much higher (up to 20 percent) in the areas hit hardest by the disease. The general decline in economic activity has severely ...read more
05/01/2015
 - Since the crisis erupted in December 2013, FAO in South Sudan has been committed to “stay and deliver”. Although attacks on FAO offices in state capitals and deep field locations in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity States initially forced the closure of offices and the displacement of some staff, FAO’s other seven offices remained open ...read more
31/12/2014
 - The outbreak and subsequent spread of the ebola virus disease had catastrophic effects on the income generating capacities of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) members throughout Liberia. The impacts were multidimensional and intense and have occasioned persistent decline in the service delivery of VSLAs in regard to their financial, ...read more
19/12/2014
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