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Strengthening the Agroclimatic Information System to Improve the Agricultural Drought Monitoring and Early Warning System in Viet Nam (News), Pilot Study in Ninh Thuan Province - TCP/VIE/3603









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    Strengthening of Food Security Information and Early Warning Systems Affected by the Protracted Syrian Crisis - TCP/SYR/3603 2020
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    Rural and agricultural livelihoods in the Syrian Arab Republic have been severely affected since 2011 as a result of economic, environmental and humanitarian factors. Trade sanctions, disrupted supply chains, restricted movement of goods and ailing infrastructure have increased production and transportation costs. In addition, a limited access to productive land due to internal conflict and damage to essential irrigation systems put additional pressure on rural communities, the majority of whom had already been struggling to adapt to decreased rainfall. Consequently, ensuring food and nutrition in rural and agricultural communities has become an especially top priority for the government and for national and international development actors alike. However, current national information systems and data collection protocols specific to food security and early warning systems have proven insufficient vis-à-vis the severity of the national context, thus shedding light on the urgent need to strengthen data and information generation and sharing systems. Planning for emergency, recovery and development interventions in the absence of regular, robust and reliable food security data has made it more challenging to respond to the country’s priorities.
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    Horn of Africa: Impact of Early Warning Early Action
    Protecting pastoralist livelihoods ahead of drought
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    There is evidence that the intensity and frequency of climate-driven natural disasters and conflicts are increasing. Natural disasters now occur nearly five times as often as 40 years ago. The impact on local economies, on people's livelihoods and on lives has similarly grown. In some of the worst-hit places, it can seem unrelenting. One drought will follow another, every time stripping away the limited assets of poor and vulnerable people, robbing them of their self-reliance and wounding their humanity and dignity. Globally, expanding needs, competing priorities and limited resources mean that new tools are essential to make interventions as wisely and effectively as possible, to ensure that the impacts of crises are limited before they can grow into even more costly humanitarian disasters. Carefully timed support also protects and empowers people the most, giving them the confidence to keep going or to resume their livelihoods. Investing in early action means FAO can help shelter longer-term development gains and increase resilience. Working with national governments and humanitarian, development and scientific partners, FAO’s Early Warning Early Action approach monitors risk information systems and translates warnings into anticipatory actions. This study analyses the outcomes of early actions implemented in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in 2017, evaluating how effective they were in mitigating the impact of severe drought on vulnerable pastoralist livelihoods and quantifying the benefits generated through acting early.
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    Emergency Support to Restore the Livelihoods of the Poor Farming Poultry Producers Affected by the El Niño-Induced Drought and Salt-Water Intrusion Effect - TCP/VIE/3605 2020
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    Against the backdrop of one of the worst droughts in history, attributed to the El Niño event, a total of 52 of the 63 provinces (83 percent) of Viet Nam were affected by drought in 2016, and 18 provinces were declared to be in a State of Emergency at the peak of the drought in May 2016. The latest assessments (in October 2016) showed that in the three most affected regions of the country, namely the Central Highlands, Central and Mekong Delta regions, the lack of water (also as a result of salt intrusion) caused significant damage/losses, 45 percent of which were related to the 2016 main winter/spring paddy crops and 50 percent to the livestock, mainly poultry, pigs, sheep and goats. National/local authorities and farmers, who had not experienced this level of severity of drought and salinity intrusion before, were not sufficiently prepared to address the situation. The project worked towards restoring the agriculturebased livelihoods of poor farming households in the six most affected provinces, through the distribution of livestock and animal feed, and the provision of good husbandry and biosecurity training to extension workers and affected farmers.

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