Mongolians have a long tradition of drinking tea, especially herbal tea. Mongolians drink herbal tea to regain strength and improve health. Ms. Doljin, 74 years old native of Dornogobi aimag, saw a market opportunity and set up a company to produce herbal tea. She uses zagasgal or salsola as the main ingredient in her tea. Salsola plant is abundant in the Gobi. This plant is known to help improve immunity, relieve stress, lower blood pressure, treat liver diseases and cancer.
Mercy Corps under MORE project helped to promote her product and create market linkages in 2012. Now salsola tea wins best product awards at international and domestic trade fairs. Doljin’s company employs six workers and depending on market demand sells between 200 and 400 tea packages per day. Her products are sold in aimag stores and Nomin supermarket chain in UB.
We are testing innovative approaches to preventing and mitigating circumstances that threaten crisis in our region. Following disasters, we prioritize integrating resilience-building measures into humanitarian response. We also take the opportunity to learn from crisis. We ensure our learning and evidence can influence humanitarian assistance not only in our region, but in even more fragile environments worldwide.
Building resilience requires us to anticipate the unpredictable and unthinkable. We remain conscious of mitigating the fragile conditions that could threaten a complex crisis in the South and East Asia context, focusing on preventative measures, addressing root causes, while integrating resilience-building measures into emergency response.
In 2015, our regional resilience portfolio included 12 programs valued at $53 million. Some highlights of our direct impact in FY15 include:
In FY16, we will enhance learning, generate new evidence, and influence action around the following recommendations:
From Indonesia to Mongolia, experience and evidence from our region demonstrates that resilience is first and foremost supported by an enabling environment, or the social and governance systems that drive decision-making and behavior towards risk, or towards resilience. Also the enabling environment must support access to, and appropriate use of, core "hard" capacities that include financial inclusion, robust and responsive market systems, climate-smart ecological management practices, and informed disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.
Our Theory of Change statement is: if vulnerable urban and rural populations are supported by an enabling social, governance and learning environment, and through it can access and apply financial, market, ecological, and DRR strategies towards resilience, then they will increase incomes, nutrition, and social well-being outcomes in the face of shocks and stresses...