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GIEWS Update – The Republic of Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Harold caused widespread damage to the agriculture sector


  • The passing of Cyclone Harold on 6 April 2020 caused extensive damage to the agriculture sector, including losses of main staples and export crops.
  • About half of the total population is estimated to be in need of assistance due to the impact of the cyclone.
  • International food and agriculture assistance is urgently needed to avoid the deterioration of the local food security situation.
  • COVID-19 prevention measures may hamper the timely delivery of humanitarian aid. Necessary measures need to be taken to avoid this.
  • FAO is working with the Vanuatu authorities to restore agricultural production and rebuild livelihoods.
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