Food Security & Agriculture Response Cyclone PAM

Food Security & Agriculture Response Cyclone PAM


Vanuatu's Ministry of Agricuture Risk and Resilience Unit: 

Cyclone Pam is the most powerful cyclone to ever hit the Southern Pacific. On 13th March 2015, it strengthened to a Category 5 storm over the y-shaped chain of islands which make up Vanuatu. Vanuatu took multiple direct hits over the islands of Efate (where the capital Port Vila is situated), Erromango and Tanna Island. 270km/h winds were sustained near Efate and the Shepherd Islands. The storm also brought with it heavy rains and storm surges. Shefa, Malampa and Tafea were the most heavily affected provinces although Pam affected an estimated 207,000 people on 26 islands, destroyed critical infrastructure, displaced thousands and severely affected food security and productive sectors including agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry and biosecurity.

The Ministry has developed a medium and long term recovery and rehabilitation strategy available for download below or for online viewing here

Additional documents are available here:

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[1] Led by the Vanuatu Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and supported by the FAO and the SPC-GIZ Climate Change Program. 


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Latitude: -17.044734
Longitude: 168.338912

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Start Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016