5 Aiding the recovery of agriculture and farmer livelihoods

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Key points

Communication and coordination

  • In emergency planning protocols, clearly allocate responsibilities and activities in agricultural areas among national, provincial and local government research and extension agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) and farmer groups.
  • Develop links and coordination between governments and NGOs.
  • Coordinate urban recovery and agricultural rehabilitation to minimise impacts on agricultural land.

Capacity building

  • Build the capacity of local agricultural extension staff, NGO workers and farmer groups:
    • by involving farmers in field trials and monitoring activities
    • by providing training in what to expect and how to overcome production problems due to seawater inundation and sediment.
  • Rebuild technical and quality assurance capacity (especially laboratory facilities).

Social recovery

  • Re-establish farmer and community groups, including groups for women.
  • Encourage productive activity.
  • Facilitate the establishment of food gardens in refugee camps, especially in rural areas where the majority of residents will be farmers.
A group of happy Indonesian children and women wearing headscarves and long clothing standing amidst healthy vegetable crops with tropical forest in the background.

Photo: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

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