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FAO Bangladesh Newsletter, April 2021 - Issue #4












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    Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Progress summary
    May to August 2021
    2021
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    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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    Progress summary – Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
    January to April 2021
    2021
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    Cox’s Bazar, a vulnerable district in south-eastern Bangladesh, is a priority area for FAO. The region, which has a Bangladeshi population of 2.65 million people, hosts the largest refugee camp in the world with 884 000 Rohingya who reside in 34 makeshift camps. The area is prone to monsoon landslides and seasonal cyclones. FAO supports 141 400 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 the connection between livelihoods and the environment. 48 300 people were affected directly by the recent fire. 75 hectares of land inside the camp was impacted. FAO conducted an environmental assessment, developed an environment and disaster risk mitigation advocacy note, and developed land restoration guidelines. As part of the FAO-WFP strategic partnership, 30 000 Rohingya households across 34 camps will be supported to improve their nutritional status, with 2 000 farmers connected to markets through aggregation centres. A new four-year project commenced under the EU-FAO Global Network Against Food Crises Alliance: PROACT: Resilience Strengthening through Agri-Food Systems Transformation in Cox’s Bazar. As part of FAO's Rohingya response, six vegetable cultivation systems were identified through a rapid assessment of homestead vegetable gardening. 259 hectares of degraded forestland restored and maintained.
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    Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Progress summary
    September 2021 to January 2022
    2022
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    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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