Ebola placing "serious constraints" on agriculture in West Africa

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FAO/Georges Gobet

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is creating serious problems for farmers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

A rapid assessment of the impact of the disease on agriculture and food security in Guinea has been conducted this week by FAO together with the World Food Programme and the Ministry of Agriculture .

Silvano Sofia is spokesperson for FAO in Geneva.

"The outbreak is placing serious constraints on the agricultural sector and on family farming in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In some areas, the epidemic is dramatically reducing households' ability to produce food. Movement restriction, fear of contagion and other constraints are preventing communities from working in their fields and this is a big problem for family farming. In addition, hundreds of households had lost one or more of their members of working age." (29")

Meanwhile, UN agencies continue to provide assistance to the three affected countries.

The World Food Programme is procuring 74 World Bank-funded vehicles, including ambulances, mortuary vehicles and pick-up trucks for use in Sierra Leone.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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