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Improvement of agricultural livelihoods and resilience of conflict-affected communities in Myanmar

Improvement of agricultural livelihoods and resilience of conflict-affected communities in Myanmar

Full title of the project:

Improvement of agricultural livelihoods and resilience of conflict-affected communities in ethnic minority areas

Target areas:

Chin and Rakhine States

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 5 282 005
27/04/2016-31/03/2017
Project code:
OSRO/MYA/601/JPN
Objective:

To improve household food security and increase resilience to floods and cyclones in conflict- and natural disaster-prone areas.

Key partners:

Six national and international Non-governmental Organizations and state authorities.

Beneficiaries reached:

19 363 households (98 750 people) and 34 organizations involved in the Food Security Sector (FSS).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed emergency agricultural and livestock kits (crop seeds, vegetable seeds, tools, fertilizers and feed) to 12 184 households in Chin and Rakhine.
  • Provided 6 234 chickens, 5 078 pigs and 3 001 goats to 4 135 households in Chin and Rakhine.
  • Supplied 131 471 viss animal feed (chicken, piglet and goat) and complementary vitamins to support livestock for two consecutive months.
  • Delivered 55 power tillers for 55 villages and 94 water pumps for 56 villages, benefiting a total of 8 688 households.
  • Trained 16 448 farmers (12 491 farmers on good agricultural practices, resilience approaches and livestock husbandry and 3 957 farmers on disaster risk reduction [DRR] and resilience) and 126 state actors on DRR, climate change adaptation and resilience.
  • Trained 831 households in Rakhine on the use of mechanization assets.
  • Supported 7 179 skilled and unskilled workers (4 948 male and 2 231 female) through cash-for-work schemes to construct/rehabilitate 84 infrastructures in 83 villages across 11 townships.
  • Coordination and knowledge sharing at national and sub-national levels were achieved through the support to FSS.
Impact:
  • Supported the food security and livelihood recovery of 19 363 households in 11 townships in Rakhine and Chin.
  • The amount of crop seeds and fertilizers delivered to each household was sufficient to plant 2 acres of land – with the exception of groundnut seeds that were sufficient for 1 acre.
  • Stimulated diversification of agricultural production during the dry season and reduced drought risks in different parts of the agricultural value chain, including facilitating access to quality planting materials and water to enhance production and reduce the impacts of dry events and flood mitigating structures.
  • Through cash-for-work schemes, households were provided with productive and compensated work opportunities, thereby diversifying livelihood opportunities and reducing poverty.
  • Provided an average income of MMK 64 000 to 7 179 households selected among the poorest of the poor wealth group.
  • Increased households’ nutrition through the provision of livestock.