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Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Progress summary

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Progress summary
Nov 2021

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 889 704 Rohingya who reside in 34 makeshift camps. The area is prone to monsoon landslides and seasonal cyclones.

FAO supports 142 265 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.

Heavy monsoon rains from late July caused floods, waterlogging and landslides across the Rohingya refugee camps and local communities. FAO distributed poultry feed, fish feed, and trained farmers in adopting climate resilient farming practices. In the host community, Humanitarian and environmental interventions inside the refugee camps include flood response, soil analysis for the fire-affected camps, reforestation, disaster risk reduction, and promotion of best practices such as six methods of homestead gardening suitable for camp context.

FAO is working to restore socioecological systems throughout Cox’s Bazar. Activities include environmental assessments and restoration, biological land stabilization, watershed management, biodiversity protection, elephant conservation, 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, livestock production, and animal health management.

 

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