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Assistance Programs for Reconstruction of Agriculture Sector in Asia (Outline)

1. Implementing Agency

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)(The trust fund programs contributed by Japan)

2. Countries

Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand

3. Period of implementation

September 1, 2009 – April 30, 2012 (5 years and 8 months)

4. Purpose of the Program

Strengthening the capacity and process of resident participation to integrated and sustainable use and management of land and water in the Tsunami-hit regions

5. Progress Situation

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan dispatched the experts in September 2006. They conducted the first workshop in April 2007, and agreed with each government about the action plans and scheme for information sharing between counties (set up of the steering committees, etc.). The detailed action plans of each country have been drawn up and implemented.

6. Major Activities and progress in each country

(1) Indonesia (project site: village 160km from Banda Ache)

The tender was implemented for the construction of fish landing center and processing facility. The construction of fish landing center was supervised by an expertized consultant. The construction plan for fish landing center was proposed to mainly consider access to the distribution. The infrastructure for agriculture is planed to be developed by local governments, based on the consultation with the local governments. The training program was conducted on the breeding and management of fattening cattles.

(2)Maldives (project site: two islands 430km south of Male, the capital of Maldives)

Technical training for home garden was conducted to bring household income, and to promote cultivation of vegetables and fruits. Pending issue of development of the drainage facility in Taro field was reconsidered.

(3) Sri Lanka (project site: Ampara district )

Technical support for women’s income generation was promoted. Parboiled rice, rice flour, snacks, chili powder, flavored peanuts, crafts are manufactured for sales. Training for chicken breeding is conducted and surplus eggs are sold to help household income.

(4) Thailand (project site: Phuket)(project ended in 2009)

Technical support for hydroponic culture has been conducted for a several years as a follow-up project of the emergency assistance project. Training for remote sensing and GIS to access the situation of damage of mangrove was conducted. These projects have almost been finished in the end of 2009.

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