Kenya: World Bank to launch security initiatives in Ebola-hit rural Guinea

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tens of thousands of people in rural areas of Guinea, worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic, will receive training from the World Bank on how to prevent the spread of the disease and support in producing food, the FAO said in a  news dispatch Tuesday.

The programme will be supported by the Government of Guinea, the UN food and agriculture agency said in the dispatch.

As part of the initiative, US$5 million will be invested in FAO's Ebola Response Programme which aims to assist rural households whose livelihoods and access to food are severely threatened by the impact of Ebola.

"The funding is a much needed contribution towards building the resilience of communities whose already precarious situation of chronic food insecurity has been exacerbated by Ebola-related disruptions to farm labour, agricultural production and food markets," said Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative for Africa.

The project envisages a social mobilization campaign in which a total of 30,000 households will be sensitized on measures to counter the transmission of the disease in rural areas.

Experienced rural development and extension field workers will undertake awareness activities combined with the provision of hygiene kits to rural communities.

In addition, some 15,500 vulnerable families will benefit from interventions aimed at safeguarding their livelihoods, including the provision of improved seeds, fertilizers and farming equipment.

The programmes also factors timeliness, the crucial, upcoming vegetable and cereal planting seasons. The project will also focus on empowering farmers with technical knowledge and skills through farmer field schools.

Beneficiaries include hunters and women who used to sell bush meat but lost this source of income after authorities banned this trade in order to reduce the potential risk of exposure to Ebola through contact with wildlife.

The programme will also target women groups involved in rice-processing activities.
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