400 rice farms affected

Once seized, President Faure dispatched a ministerial delegation led by Ouro-Koura Agadazi, minister of Agriculture to present the compassion of his government to the victims.

Compassion and action

Requested for its technical and financial support for the small producers of Sadori and Mandouri severely affected by the floods, FAO also sent his specialists including one from the headquarters of the institution in Rome (Italy) to appreciate the extent of the damage to prepare adequate assistance.

"We already estimate hundreds hectares lost for rice cultivation. We’ll evaluate these losses economically, estimate the number of victims, especially small producers and see what contribution to make in small equipment for their rapid conversion to agricultural activity. The purpose is to make sure that these small producers can spend this time of disaster and hope for the next campaign. We are also thinking of strengthening their ability to quickly recover from hunger. That is why we should respond very quickly," explained Oyetounde DJIWA, program officer for FAO in Togo.

Ministerial and FAO delegations talking to the victims

Minister Agadazi reassured producers about the government's ability to restore their production faculties this year.

"I am very confident that you will very quickly forget this situation because it had already hit the country in 2013 in the great Bassar with a severe drought with 45 thousand tons of maize lost. In a month, FAO has been seized and other sources of income put in place (peanut farming and market gardening) for the victims who have quickly forgotten their drama," reminded him.

He assured that a loss report will be prepared at the end of the mission and that the technical team of FAO will make the necessary advocacy to quickly erase this sad picture by strengthening the resilience of affected populations.

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