Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Progress summary (September 2021 to January 2022)

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Progress summary (September 2021 to January 2022)
May 2022

Cox’s Bazar, a vulnerable district in south-eastern Bangladesh, is a priority area for FAO. The district, which has a Bangladeshi population of 2.65 million people, hosts the largest refugee camp in the world with 918 841 Rohingya who reside in 34 makeshift camps. The area is prone to monsoon landslides and seasonal cyclones.

FAO supports 146 340 beneficiaries and provides technical expertise to food security and environment sector partners through an integrated approach. In the transition from an emergency to resiliency response, FAO tailors support to the needs, priorities, and context of the affected populations with a focus on strengthening synergies between livelihoods and the environment.

Labour scarcity and high production costs limit agricultural productivity in the area. FAO connected farmer groups to market through twenty aggregation centres and links were ere made between aggregation centres and private companies to improve service delivery. FAO distributed vegetable seed, cattle feed, poultry feed and trained farmers in adopting climate resilient farming practices in the host community. Humanitarian and environmental interventions inside the refugee camps include homestead input distribution, promotion of homestead gardening best practices, vulnerable slop stabilizatin, disaster risk reduction etc.

FAO is working to restore socioecological systems throughout Cox’s Bazar. Activities include environmental assessments and restoration, biological land stabilization, watershed management, biodiversity protection, human-elephant conflict mitigation, and promotion of renewable energy for sustainable agriculture. Agricultural transformation activities for local communities include support for food production, agricultural mechanization, Farmer Field Schools, business support for farmers, aquaculture and livestock production.


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