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FAO ECTAD Indonesia and the Directorate of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture were awarded a prize for the Best Poster presentation during the 4th One Health and 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health (OHEH) Congress held in Melbourne, Australia, on 3-7 December 2016. 

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25-27) 

Standing near a  24-square meter cornfield in Bakiruk Village, Malaka, 35 km west of Atambua, which bordersEast Timor, Herman Besseran (55)  cited the biblical quote asking evidence of Jesus’ resurrection.

“Farmers cannot do this by themselves – they need assistance from the government.

Imagine being a poultry farmer, then one day you suffer huge losses as you have to prematurely kill 11,000 of your chickens. Bambang Sutrisno, a poultry farmer in Semarang district, Central Java, lived this experience when the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus attacked his farm in August 2003.

“I was crying when I culled my chickens… how did this happen?” Bambang recalled. “Every time the chickens are infected by a disease, we feel like we are being robbed by micro-organisms that we cannot even see,” he added.   

In 2011, 82 households in Bakalan hamlet, Argomulyo village were forced to move to the Kuwang shelter, when their homes were buried in volcanic ash and cold lava flows stemming from the Mount Merapi eruption in October 2010. The Bakalan villagers lived in the Kuwang shelter with 166 households from six other settlements.

FAO supported the Bakalan households to build new livelihoods in the Kuwang shelter. FAO value chain analysis and expertise produced a disaster risk reduction-based (DRR-based) communal cattle husbandry and development program to increase community cattle production utilising available feed resources.

A UN Joint project, consisting of FAO, ILO and UNDP was established in Mentawai in mid 2012. FAO helped the refugees affected by the 2010 tsunami by providing them with cattle as a livelihood support in the new location. Most of the refugees from North Pagai and South Pagai originated from coastal villages and were relocated further inland. Because of this, the villagers had to change their livelihoods from fishing to farming.

"I have farmed catfish since November 2007. I started with 100 seed (baby catfish) using my own capital. Those catfish made good money for my family," says Sola Gratia Ratu Edo, who is better known as 'Om Adi'. Living in Tode Kisar Subdistrict of Kupang Municipality in Indonesia's Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, Om Adi has worked with FAO's Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP) to improve his catfish farming skills. He farmed the fish in his backyard, in several purpose-built small ponds.

July 2012, Nurhayati Kalurung was an everyday housewife in the Wetabua Sub-district of Alor in Indonesia's Nusa Tenggara Timur province. However, her big dreams and determination to build a better life made her well known in her neighborhood. Nurhayati had worked as a civil servant with two children. Sometimes her civil servant salary wasn't enough to pay for the family's needs and the children's school fees; her husband's income as a longshoreman helped support the family. Mama Nurhayati realized that there were many fish in the area and that she could harness the potential of this resource to improve the situation of her family and others in the community.