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Country Report Tonga

  • Published: March 2014
  • Region: Tonga
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Tonga's Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has released a report estimating that Cyclone Ian caused T$38.5m (US$21.5m) of damage, equivalent to about 5% of GDP, to the Kingdom's agriculture and fisheries sector.

The damage from the category-5 Cyclone Ian, which struck Tonga on January 11th-12th 2014, was concentrated in the north-eastern part of the central Ha'apai group of islands. The MAFFF/FAO report presents a stark picture of the scale of the damage to agriculture and fisheries in that area. The report estimates that the cyclone damaged the livelihood of 950 households and that 95% of household staple-food crops in the area, such as cassava and bananas, were destroyed. Damage to fishing gear and vessels, including damage to local government-fisheries assets, totalled an estimated T$2.4m. The report suggests that full recovery of the agriculture and fisheries sector will take two years, and that an immediate investment of TS$4.1m is needed to start the process.

In the wake of the storm, Tonga's government responded with assistance from New Zealand, which, as of early READ MORE >

Country Report Tonga

Cyclone Ian severely impacts agriculture and fishing sector
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