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Building Resilient Livelihoods: stories from the Chittagong Hill Tracts

In an effort to making a difference in the livelihood of people living in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the ECHO funded FAO project undertook actions aiming at supporting critically food insecure rural men and women and increasing their resilience towards chronic and seasonal shocks and stresses through an integrated approach that involved distribution of agricultural inputs, cash transfers and extensive training programmes on vegetable and fruit production, jum rice management and seeds preservation, poultry management, and training on nutrition, food safety and food preparation. In addition, the project also supported the construction of a small water harvesting facility at community level and provided training on community water management in order to support the resilience of remote men and women to water scarcity during the critical dry winter period. The video documented the success stories of direct beneficiaries under the project. The documentary shows the diversifying lifestyle of the beneficiaries with the provision of inputs and trainings as a direct positive impact of the project. By learning better techniques of poultry rearing and fruits and vegetable production, the project beneficiaries are now able to pave a better future for their next generation.
Duration:6.5"
Producer:FAO Bangladesh
Year:2016

Student Debate on International Day of Forests 2016

21 March 2016 - With ongoing drought and farmers facing some of their most serious access to water issues for many years,  students from a number of international and local high schools and universities in Bangkok have held a lively debate on the future of the region’s forests and their link to our critical supply of fresh water.   The debate was held on International Day of Forests, celebrated 21 March each year.  IDF was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees in ensuring the sustainability of ecosystems, providing valuable goods and services, supporting livelihoods, and reducing hunger.  The theme of this year’s International Day of Forests is “Forests and Water,” which was also the topic of today’s debate, held at FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok
Duration:5.4
Year:2016
Language:English

Lao Coffee Producers

This short UN FAO video in Lao PDR shows how working together coffee producers can better their livelihoods and improve their resilience and adaptation skills. The video takes viewers to the source of where their coffee is grown and reveals the personal stories of those who have dedicated their lives to growing the beans that make one of the world’s most popular beverages. 
Duration:4.52
Producer:FAO RAP
Year:2016

Linking food security to market access for Cambodian villagers

In Cambodia, the UN’s FAO worked with government to improve food security in rural areas by improving water systems for the dry season and assisting villagers gain market access to sell their produce. This EU-supported project helped villagers find a collective purpose, empowered through cooperatives, and fueled by their own power to succeed. Get to know the beneficiaries and see how the ‘MALIS’ project transformed their lives.
Producer:FAO RAP
Year:2016

Mae Hong Son Cooking Group

FAO’s regional office for Asia and the Pacific has supported local women in the town of Mae Hong Son to supplement their income by helping them set up their own cooperative to cook and sell food in local markets. Learn about their mouth-watering experiences in this short documentary.
Duration:4.10'
Producer:RAP
Year:2016
Language:Thai with Eng subtitle

UN FAO Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger

Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand graciously accepted to support the fight against hunger and malnutrition as an UN FAO Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger. The Princess has long been a supporter of FAO’s work and has pursued many of her own royally initiated projects, not just in Thailand but across the region. Learn more about these achievements in this short documentary produced by FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, with special thanks to Thailand’s MCOT and Her Royal Highness’s Personal Affairs Division.
Duration:4.16
Producer:RAP
Year:2016
Language:Thai (with English subtitle)

Developing Policies to Help Smallholder Farmers in Cambodia

From 2012 to 2016, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), worked with governments in four countries in Asia to help them develop pro-poor policies and approaches to better manage risks and vulnerabilities faced by smallholder farmers.   In Cambodia, FAO provided technical support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries’ (MAFF) Department of Planning and Statistics (DPS) for researching and drafting three policy recommendations which focused on the vegetable sector, cattle production, and off-farm income generation activities. A cadre of 100 mid-level government officials, staff of policy institutes, farmer organisations and other civil society organisations, were trained in policy analysis, formulation and internalisation of policy recommendations. These recommendations are then incorporated in public policies to protect the vulnerable rural poor and smallholder farmers from risk.
Duration:4.43
Producer:RAP
Year:2016
Language:Lao (with English subtitle)

Creating Policies to help organic farmers in Lao PDR

From 2012 to 2016, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), worked with governments in four countries in Asia to help them develop pro-poor policies and approaches to better manage risks and vulnerabilities faced by smallholder farmers.   In Lao PDR, FAO provided guidance and technical support in policy analysis and formulation to staff of the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI).  With FAO guidance, Dr. Hongkhuon Sisaphaithong from NAFRI, drafted policy recommendations to ensure a profitable organic vegetable sector.  NAFRI can now provide more comprehensive advice, which includes both technical and economic solutions, to farmers and the government.
Duration:3.51
Producer:FAO RAP
Year:2016
Language:Lao/Thai (with English subtitle)

Transforming Cooperatives and Farmers' Lives - Viet Nam

From 2012 to 2016, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), worked with governments in four countries in Asia to help them develop pro-poor policies and approaches to better manage risks and vulnerabilities faced by smallholder farmers.   In Vietnam, FAO and the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) implemented a pilot project to strengthen the capacity and services of the Agricultural Service Cooperative (ASC) and improve production of its members in Thai Binh Province. The project instructed farmers in agricultural techniques to increase their harvest yields and standardised their products.  This allows the farmers and Coop to negotiate contracts with bigger companies.  The pilot project successfully strengthened the Cooperatives and provided farmers with links to a new market which has increased income and improved their lives.
Duration:4.25
Producer:FAO RAP
Year:2016
Language:Vietnamese (with English subtitle)

Iraq irrigation project:Demining and repair initiative restores key irrigation canals near Mosul

Some 200 000 people from Mosul and across Iraq will be able to earn an income for the first time since 2014, thanks to a new FAO project that is restoring irrigation to 250 000 hectares of farmland.Water will soon be flowing again through the canals that used to feed the once-fertile land some 30 km west of Mosul – Iraq’s third largest city. Through the cash-for-work component of the project, FAO supports vulnerable families who need money for daily needs, including food and clothes, heating and transport. Many of them have not had paid employment for at least two years. Participants are clearing the main canal of the northern Al Jazeera irrigation scheme of dirt, stones and debris, which will allow it to again feed small canals throughout the farming landscape. FAO has also repaired the pumping station that feeds the canal system from Mosul Dam. And, for the first time, the agency is collaborating with a demining company to clear valuable farmland around the canals of undetonated ordinances, so farmers can plant crops and graze their livestock safely. The project is already benefiting more than 3 000 people and is essential in getting farming activities in the area back underway.
Duration:1.47
Producer:Iraq
Year:2016