Ghana: Africa Solidarity Trust Fund grants FAO US$1.5m to support Ebola-hit countries

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, will each receive US$500,000 to help curb the potentially-devastating impact of the disease on food security and on the livelihoods of farmers and others in rural areas, according to a statement by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The US$1.5 million grant comes from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund and will be used in support of FAO's recently-launched Regional Response Programme to tackle food security and agriculture issues related to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa.

FAO said the funds would be used over a 12-month period to assist 7,500 households - about 45 000 people - in the three targeted countries.

Activities include social mobilisation and training to help stop the spread of EVD; the strengthening of savings and loan schemes, particularly those involving women beneficiaries; and the provision of agricultural inputs to help rural families safeguard their livelihoods and incomes.

Last month FAO appealed to donors for the estimated US$30 million urgently required to mitigate the impact of EVD on the food and nutritional security of affected communities in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and neighbouring at-risk countries.

FAO has already committed around US$1.8 million of its own emergency funds to the agency's Ebola Regional Response Programme and the grant made available by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund is a much-needed contribution to FAO's efforts.
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03 december 2014 12:15:06

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