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Ebola Outbreak West Africa: FAO Regional Response Programme (October 2014 – September 2015)
The most urgent priority of FAO and all UN partners is stopping the epidemic of the Ebola virus disease outbreak 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 livelihoods.
FAO’s strategy is based on four pillars:
- Save lives by stopping the spread of the disease as part of a UN coordinated response through social mobilization, training and awareness raising activities via FAO networks of extension services and animal health workers.
- Boost incomes and agricultural production to safeguard livelihoods through rapid impact assessments and support to crop and livestock production, cash transfers, post-harvest activities and trade/marketing.
- Build resilience of communities to disease threats by improving early warning systems and emergency response.
- Strengthen coordination to improve response by reinforcing food security/nutrition clusters and surge mechanisms.
FAO is appealing for a total of USD 30 million for its Regional Response Programme to assist nearly 90 000 farming households most affected by the outbreak in Guinea (8 000 households), Liberia (21 200 households) and Sierra Leone (58 182 households) over the next 12 months (October 2014 – September 2015)1. At-risk countries will also benefit through FAO’s integrated, long-term, regional approach to supporting food security and nutrition while reducing EVD risks at the interface between humans, animals and ecosystems.