Belgian emergency aid to be handed over to flood-hit farmers in central Viet Nam

Update: 20:25 | 29/12/2020
On 29 December, the Embassy of Belgium and the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today jointly held a cash handover ceremony to support vulnerable smallholder farming households impacted by recent floods in Quang Binh province, central Viet Nam.
Belgian emergency aid to be handed over to flood-hit farmers in central Viet Nam
The cash handover ceremony was held to support vulnerable smallholder farming households impacted by recent floods in Quang Binh province.

Through the FAO Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA), the Government of Belgium contributed USD 300,000 to FAO to assist 1,273 smallholder farming households (5,473 people) to the recovery of the livestock production in Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces. The support is in the form of cash transfers and each affected household receives support to purchase livestock breeders, feed and other farming supplies.

“It is very important that small holder farmer families, who lost their livestock, can resume their income activities as soon as possible after the flooding, to avoid that these families risk poverty and food insecurity. And that is exactly the ambition of Belgium's donation through the FAO Emergency fund. With today's cash transfers we hope to give the farmer families the necessary quick support to overcome the impact of the floods”, said Ivo Hooghe, Chargé d’affaires of the Belgian Embassy.

The project has been working closely with the Provincial Red Cross Societies to select the beneficiaries. The cash is channelled through the province’s Post Office to deliver to the selected beneficiaries.

“This support is vital to help farmers get back on their feet to not only rebuild and recover, but to safeguard their livelihoods and food security,” said Rana Flowers, FAO Representative ad interim in Viet Nam.

On the occasion of the ceremony, a short meeting was held between FAO and the Belgian Embassy representatives, leader of Quang Binh People’s Committee and representatives from relevant provincial departments to discuss the scope for further support.

From being long standing partners in development cooperation, Belgium and Viet Nam have been maturing bilateral ties in different sectors. This immediate action is an occasion for Belgium to reiterate its support towards sustainable development, and to continue its support for Viet Nam to respond effectively to the challenges of climate change.

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(Source: The Embassy of Belgium in Viet Nam)