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This guide is the result of joint tsunami rehabilitation projects between the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, particularly the Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (Balai Pengkajian Teknologi Pertanian—BPTP) in Aceh and North Sumatra, the Indonesian Soils Research Institute and the Indonesian Centre for Rice Research.

The guide has been edited by Gavin Tinning and Rebecca Lines-Kelly, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, 1243 Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar NSW 2477, Australia.

The authors of individual sections are as follows:

  • Section 1—The 2004 tsunami in Aceh: Gavin Tinning and Rebecca Lines-Kelly
  • Section 2—A timeframe for agricultural recovery: Gavin Tinning and Rebecca Lines-Kelly
  • Section 3—Post-tsunami assessment and restoration of soil and water: Peter Slavich, Malem McLeod, Irhas, Craig Hunt, Achmad Rachman, Hasil Sembiring, Natalie Moore, Rebecca Lines-Kelly, T. Iskandar, Anischan Gani, Gavin Tinning, Chairunas, M. Nasir Ali, Prama Yufdy, Jamal Khalid, Janusadaruddin and Basri A. Bakar
  • Section 4—Crop management: Chairunas, Natalie Moore, M. Nasir Ali, Anischan Gani, T. Iskandar, M. Ferizal, Irhas, Peter Slavich, Malem McLeod and Gavin Tinning
  • Section 5—Aiding the recovery of agriculture and farmer livelihoods: Gavin Tinning, Rebecca Lines-Kelly, Chairunas, Irhas, T. Iskandar, M. Nasir Ali, M. Ferizal, Peter Slavich, Malem McLeod, Nazariah, Supriyani, Basri A. Bakar, Natalie Moore and Craig Hunt
  • Conclusion: Rebecca Lines-Kelly, Gavin Tinning and Peter Slavich.

The authors acknowledge the work and participation of M. Nur H.I. and Amir Hamzah (BPTP Aceh); Lukas Sebayang, Deddy Romulo Siagian and Cyrus Hutapea (BPTP North Sumatra); Iwan Juliardi (Indonesian Centre for Rice Research); Fahmuddin Agus, Ai Dariah, Deddy Erfandi, Sutono, Kasdi Subagyono and I.G.M. Subiksa (Indonesian Soils Research Institute); and farm extension staff (Penyuluh Pertanian Lapangan), local government staff (Dinas Pertanian) and farmers from the tsunami-affected districts of Pidie, Bireuen, Aceh Besar, West Aceh and South Selatan.

The projects in Aceh were initiated and supported by John Skerritt, Ian Willettt and Gamini Keerthisinghe from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

The ACIAR project partners were:

  • BPTP for the province of Aceh, based in Banda Aceh
  • BPTP for the province of North Sumatra (BPTP SUMUT), based in Medan
  • Dinas Pertanian, Aceh’s agricultural district administration
  • Penyuluh Pertanian Lapangan, Aceh’s on-ground farm advisers
  • Indonesian Soils Research Institute (Bogor)
  • Indonesian Centre for Rice Research (Sukamandi)
  • New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

The guide was originally published online in 2008 as ‘A practical guide to restoring agriculture after a tsunami’, by the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. This version has been extensively updated and incorporates findings from subsequent tsunamis in the Philippines, Indonesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Japan. The authors gratefully acknowledge the review and comments from Professor Makie Kokubun—in particular, the experiences of post-tsunami recovery of agriculture in Japan since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Additional photos and images were kindly provided by Kerry Sieh, Singapore Earth Observatory; Nick Horspool, Geoscience Australia; and Robert Brakenridge, Dartmouth Flood Observatory.

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