|According to the Embassy, approximately 30,000 people will benefit from risk-reduction activities and 2,000 of them will benefit from income-generation models output.— File Photo
VINH LONG (VNS) — A project to support sustainable rural livelihoods and community-based disaster risk management was launched yesterday in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Vinh Long.
The US$580,000 programme, titled "Livelihood Improvement for Building Resilient Communities", is funded by New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Viet Nam.
According to the New Zealand Embassy, the project's activities will be implemented over four years from July 2013 to June 2017 in four communes, including Trung Thanh and Hieu Phung in Vung Liem District and Tich Thien and Vinh Xuan in Tra On District.
These communes were selected based on the criteria of having a high rate of poverty, and a propensity for natural disasters as well as related issues that have no proper mechanism in place to address them.
The project is expected to help the farmers thrive after the immediate impact of natural disasters.
According to the Embassy, approximately 30,000 people will benefit from risk-reduction activities and 2,000 of them will benefit from income-generation models output.
Priority will be given to poor women and female-based households, it said.
Key activities of the project include improving knowledge of community-based disaster risk management and encouraging locally developed schemes; providing training on market-based economic development and a value-chain approach, involving the cow bank initiative, credit schemes and various husbandry methods.
ADRA Viet Nam is a co-partner with Vinh Long Union of Friendship Organisation and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, along with other related local authorities that take part in project implementation.
Vinh Long has been seriously affected by climate change and natural disasters. Every year, seven out of eight districts in the province are inundated by more than one metre of floods, directly affecting around 350,000 local people.
The most immediate impact of natural disasters, including inundation, riverbank collapse and tree diseases due to weather changes, has been the gradual loss of traditional livelihoods such as cultivation and aquaculture. This has lead to a food-security risk for vulnerable groups.
Vinh Long's economy is predominantly based on agriculture (50 per cent) with farmers accounting for 58 per cent of the population. — VNS