FAO appeals for $7 million to assist farm families affected by Pakistan earthquake
Help needed to restart herding and farming activities once rescue and relief activities over
13 October 2005, Rome -- FAO has launched an appeal for $7 million to help farm families affected by the earthquake in northern Pakistan resume their agricultural activities over the next six months.
Following the immediate rescue and relief activities and as soon as conditions permit, FAO will field assessment missions to determine the impact of the earthquake on agriculture and to work with the Government to prepare a plan for reconstruction of the agriculture sector, the U.N. agency said.
"The population of the area affected is largely made up of smallholder farmers practising a mix of farming and livestock-rearing," said Fernanda Guerrieri, Chief of FAO's Emergency Operations Service. "The human tragedy is compounded by major losses of agricultural infrastructure. There will be a need for a detailed needs assessment and for effective coordination of the early recovery efforts in the agricultural sector."
Based on the results of the assessment, FAO will prepare targeted interventions for around 100 000 of the most affected farm families. Assistance is necessary during the next six months to help farmers and herders re-establish their livelihoods.
Activities will include the provision of agricultural inputs and livestock, rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, and reestablishment of basic agricultural services and markets. FAO will also emphasize coordination of efforts among major actors involved in agricultural relief activities.
FAO's appeal is part of a joint UN appeal to the international community for support to the earthquake victims.
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