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Recovery of the livestock and emergency support to small farmers - Argentina

Jun 2012

The eruption of the Puyehue volcano, in the southern Andes, began on 4 June 2011 lasting for several days and spouting columns of ash 10 000 meters in height. Strong winds carried the ash column towards the argentine territory, leaving gradient of accumulated material from the volcano’s center and extending towards the Atlantic Ocean.

The most affected areas were small to medium farms with a high presence of a poor rural population. Initially, the eruption forced the evacuation of 3 500 families from around the site, while a ten kilometer exclusion zone was set up. Over 2.5 million animal perished.

In collaboration with local municipal authorities, the Municipal Emergency Committees and INTA, the FAO project, funded by the DG-ECHO, was able to distribute dry hay, alfalfa pellets, feed concentrate, materials for the construction of covered corrals, fencing and water/feeding troughs as well as training on food storage techniques and animal husbandry to 302 of the most vulnerable families.

Author: FAO/Argentina country Team