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An agreement was signed on Wednesday between Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on ‘Strengthening of Market Linkages and Technical Capacity for Agricultural Groups to Promote Income Generation in Cox’s Bazar.
Jeroen Steeghs, Head of Development Cooperation of the Netherland Embassy
and Robert D Simpson, FAO Representative in Bangladesh signed the funding agreement at the embassy on behalf of the respective organizations, a FAO press release said.
The agreement aims to provide USD 5.378 million to help farmers in Cox’s Bazar as the country is hosting Rohingya people, who entered Bangladesh from Rakhine state in Myanmar.
These grant funds are a direct contribution by the people of the Netherlands to an integrated multi-donor response to address the damage caused to the environment in Cox’s Bazar by uncontrolled harvesting of firewood and to help rebuild livelihoods of the host community in a project called SAFE+ (Safe approaches to fuel and energy plus environmental and livelihood restoration). At the same time, the increased production of highly nutritious high value vegetable crops will be freshly available for the
Rohingya camp population and help improve their diet and nutritional status. The overall project will provide liquefied petroleum gas cooking stoves and cylinders through FAO, IOM and WFP to both Rohingya people and host community families to reduce their dependence on firewood for cooking.
This
will reduce the pressure on the local forests and allow replanting to
commence by FAO in partnership with the Forest Department.
The generous funding from the Netherlands Government will be utilized by
FAO to implement Strengthening of Market Linkages and Technical Capacity for
Agricultural Groups component of SAFE+ to assist more than 200,000
beneficiaries in the sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Ramu, Teknaf and
Ukhiya through:
Developing opportunities for host community agriculturalist to benefit
from the refugee presence through market linkages and increased production,
the increased market demand is an opportunity for local farmers to increase