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Ebola Outbreak West Africa: FAO Regional Response Programme (October 2014 – September 2015) Summary
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease, first reported in March 2014, has severely affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in tragic loss of life and adversely impacting agriculture and food security. On 18 September 2014, the United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted Resolution 2177 (2014) urging immediate action to curb the spread of the disease.
The outbreak is unprecedented in scale and geographical scope. Control measures and other restrictions have curtailed the movement of goods and services, including food items. This has resulted in panic buying, food shortages and rising food prices. Labour shortages are threatening the impending harvest, as well as food and cash crop production in affected areas.
The food security and nutrition of countless people is at risk. A multisectoral approach is required to contain the outbreak and stabilize affected areas while preventing a long-term food security crisis. FAO, through its Regional Response Programme, is working with countries to respond to Ebola, to protect lives and livelihoods and to safeguard food security and nutrition.