UN FAO supports flood-affected Magway

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA) has collaborated with Myanmar’s Heart Development Organization (MHDO) Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) and the Department of Agriculture (DoA) in providing emergency support to around 23,000 people affected by the 2016 floods in Magway Region. The FAO-led project is funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) that allocated US$ 1 million in September 2016.
“Timely funding from UN CERF permitted to provide farmers with necessary means without which they would not be able to recover fast after the disaster,” said FAO Representative Ms Xiaojie Fan. “This agricultural and livestock distribution had an enormous positive impact on rural population affected by the 2016 floods, because it contributed to maintain food security at household level and avoid further risks of malnutrition.”
Support came in the form of 30 kg of chickpea to 2,800 farmers, enough for one acre of land, vegetable kits consisting of onion, tomato, yard long and bitter gourd seeds, and 45 kg of fertilizers while 3,000 landless people were provided with two piglets and pig feed per household. Last year’s flood particularly affected the agriculture sector when the rising waters damaged many farmlands just before harvesting season.
“In the aftermath of crisis, when people are in need of immediate life-saving support, even short delays can cause detrimental implications for their lives and livelihoods. Designing accurate emergency interventions require detailed assessments that help to estimate damages of floods in the agriculture sector,” said FAO Senior Resilience Officer Mr Andrea Berloffa.
FAO utilized drones to gather reliable information after a project with the Department of Agriculture in the Philippines gave inspiration, while also increasing understanding of hazard impacts.
“FAO goes beyond traditional ways of working and in collaboration with the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University (MAEU), applies new and cost-efficient technologies, such as drones, that allow for increased availability of timely and reliable data as a crucial component to augment efficiency and accuracy of emergency support,” said Mr. Andrea Berloffa. UN CERF remains among key donors for the FAO emergency interventions in Myanmar, having contributed a total of US$ 3 million last year.—GNLM

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