Ebola Outbreak West Africa: FAO Response Programme (October 2014 – December 2015) - Updated version June 2015

Ebola Outbreak West Africa: FAO Response Programme (October 2014 – December 2015) - Updated version June 2015
Jun 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 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.
  • Reduce risks and improve early warning systems and emergency response.
  • Strengthen coordination to improve response by reinforcing food security/nutrition clusters, coordination between human and health sectors and surge mechanisms.

FAO is appealing for over USD 42 million for its Response Programme to assist nearly 170 000 farming households most affected by the outbreak.

FAO’s strategy has been declined into FAO country response programmes highlighting key response activities to be implemented in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as at the regional level.

Read more about the National Programmes: