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Peru farmers trying to recover from El Niño floods and landslides

Staff Writer |
FAO is working with the government of Peru to assist some 7,000 mostly small-scale farmers restore their capacity to produce crops and feed their families in the wake of heavy rains, floods and landslides that hit the country earlier this year.

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The adverse conditions were caused by the "Coastal El Niño" phenomenon in January-March. In the worst-hit northern coastal areas of the country some 445,000 people - 59 percent of affected households - preliminary estimates indicate.

According to Peru's Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, more than 60,000 hectares of crops have been severely or partially affected and 18 000 hectares were left completely unusable.

To address this situation, the government has approved the Agrarian Reactivation Plan with an investment of $76 million. FAO seeks to complement this by requesting some $ 3.1 million from the international community to support activities aimed at restoring family agriculture in the remote areas of Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad.

The FAO recovery project will provide the necessary inputs to establish orchards, recover irrigation infrastructure and provide technical assistance in animal health.

These activities will be implemented directly with affected farmers through cash-for-work transfers, ensuring household income generation and access to food, to mitigating the abandonment of plots and migration to cities.

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