Agriculture in affected countries under significant strain, says new FAO report
4 September 2014, Rome--- Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labor shortages are putting the upcoming harvest season at serious risk, FAO warned today. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, quarantine zones and restrictions on people's movement aimed at combating the spread of the virus, although necessary, have seriously curtailed the movement and marketing of food. This has led to panic buying, food shortages and significant food price hikes on some commodities, especially in urban centers, according to a special alert issued today by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS).
Vincent Martin is the Head of FAO's Dakar-based Resilience Hub and the FAO representative in Dakar Senegal. In the following interview he elaborates on the situation on the ground.
Jonathan Pound is an Economist with FAO in Rome. In the following interview he elaborates on the report and what this means for food security in the affected countries.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari