Dominique Burgeon, speaking here at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, is Director of the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
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In the summer of 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a programme in response to the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa. We asked Dominique Burgeon, Director of the FAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, about initial results.

Rural 21: Mr Burgeon, have the fears over the impact that the Ebola outbreak has had on food security in the region materialised?
Dominique Burgeon: FAO, together with WFP and governments of the region, conducted a rapid assessment of the impact that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has had on agriculture and food security in the three hardest-hit countries. The findings of the rapid assessment indicated that the EVD outbreak resulted in a serious shock to the agriculture and food sectors. Lack of access to food caused by the outbreak’s impact on household incomes has had the most negative effect on food security. In the areas affected, markets, agricultural and livestock sectors and sources of income such as agricultural labour, small shops and hunting and selling bushmeat have suffered most from Ebola. In Guinea and Sierra Leone, price levels are similar to those of a normal year. In Liberia, rice prices are higher than usual.

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