Grave food security concerns following the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

Grave food security concerns following the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea
Sep 2014

Highlights

  • The 2014 main crop harvesting season is about to start and faces difficulties mainly due to labour shortages as a result of movement restrictions following the Ebola outbreak.
  • Disruptions in cross-border trade and marketing activities have resulted in sharp price rises, affecting the food security situation of large numbers of people.
  • An Emergency Operation (EMOP) amounting to 65 000 tonnes was jointly approved by WFP and FAO on 25 August 2014 to provide food assistance to approximately 1.3 million most affected people over a period of three months.
  • FAO, together with respective government authorities and other stakeholders, is supporting the overall response plan and identifying appropriate mechanisms to assist agricultural production, specifically in harvesting and related post-harvest activities.