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Recovery activities will ensure improved food safety and security of communities impacted by Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai volcano eruption and tsunami.

With financial support from the governments of Belgium and the United States of America, FAO is allocating a total of US$700k to re-establish agriculture livelihoods for households affected by Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunami. US$400k was provided by the Government of Belgium under the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA), established in 2004 to enhance FAO’s capacity to rapidly respond to emergency situations.

An additional US$300k has been granted by U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance to fund activities aimed at restarting or rehabilitating agriculture and its sub-sectors including fisheries by providing direct support to local farmers and fisherfolk. The work will be conducted in the context of ensuring Tonga's food safety through a better understanding of the longer-term impacts of ashfall.

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