Income-Generating Agricultural Activities to Secure the Household Budgets of Vulnerable Populations in North Rakhine, Myanmar
|Start date||End date||Budget||Funding|
|01/01/2006||31/12/2009||1782209 €||European Union|
The action took place in the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung of North Rakhine State in Myanmar and is complementary of a former Agri-cultural Development Support Project, started in 2002,and funded by the EC. The projects funded by EC were Agriculture and food security in NRS (Sept 2002-Dec 2005) and Food security and poverty alleviation in NRS (Jan 2006- Dec 2008).
This project seeks to improve food security for vulnerable populations in North Rakhine State by implementing income-generating activities specifically targeted to the poorest and most disadvantage- taged populations, taking into consideration issues of gender, environmental protection and sustainability. It aims to promote innovative sources of income and deploy the under-utilised capacities of unemployed young graduates in the area.
Finally, it seeks to contribute to community development by building the capacities of the project’s actors and by creating networks in connection with income-generating activities on the local and institutional levels. The target groups specifically comprise the most vulnerable households (isolated widows, women headed family, very poor families and landless farmers) and the unemployed and under-tapped educated youth (and other local living strength).
The action is supporting the vulnerable households in homestead gardening and vegetable produc- tion, fish production and goat breeding, introducing innovations, fostering the emergence of groups. It is promoting exchanges between the beneficiaries and between the groups of beneficiaries, giving them an opportunity to share their experience and their problems.
The trainings in engine repairing, innovative techniques in agriculture, horticulture, fingerlings pro- ductions, small business management and small scale and low cost food processing technologies dedicated to the unemployed educated youth, will empower local capacities, and develop new low cost technologies in line with environment protection. While gradually building the capacity of the local project staff, the action is strengthening the dynamics of the beneficiaries’ groups to achieve a better convergence with the existing community based organizations.
The action enabled the emergence of an Income Generation Core Group (IGCG) composed of the main related stakeholders dealing with income generation beneficiaries and also set up local In- come Generation Agri-fairs involving beneficiaries from the IGCG.
Relevant publications on Vegetable processing opportunities for vulnerable population in NRS, have been released (Economic strategies and food habits, 2007; Detection of food processing opportuni- ties to reduce hunger gap and create income, 2007) and one paper presented about the lessons learnt in NRS vegetable production for vulnerable households in the Dec 2008 National FAO work- shop was assessed as excellent by EC ROM evaluator.