As the death toll from the Central Sulawesi disaster continues to rise, a volcano has erupted in North Sulawesi. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) stated that they were short of food, water and sanitation supplies and facilities for more than 60,000 displaced people. Aid had started to arrive, but much more was needed, and fast. Challenges have escalated as the natural disasters have severely affected the infrastructure in the region, disrupting connectivity and disaster relief supply chains as well as local production chains. *** The writer is a senior agribusiness lecturer in the Department of Economics at Deakin Business School, Deakin University. She has studied trade and value chains, particularly in the agriculture sector. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.