What is the most important about sustainability is that it always brings good changes. One of best example of this are Local Market Days which Mercy Corps has started organizing 10 years ago in cooperation with the local government to support local producers to sell and promote their products, as a result of which a number of local brand products has been improved their quality, technology and packages. Gazriin Ogooj Hurimt cooperative from Taishir soum in Gobi-Altai, one of LGM project clients, produces the unique sort of barley which called “haltar arvai” and now the product has been recognized not only in the aimag but also in the western region and UB markets. This special sort of barley flour is natural and healthy food which improves immune and digestive systems
In July 11-13, all Mongolians will celebrate Naadam, the most important festival and national holiday in Mongolia. Origin of the festival dates back to the great Khunnu empire of 1-2 century. The festivities kick off at the Central Stadium in Ulaanbaatar with a colorful parade of athletes, actors, soldiers marching in perfect uniformity, musicians performing powerful tunes, and Mongolians dressed in warrior uniforms.
For three days Mongolians will be watching Three Games of Men: Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery. The festivities start in Ulaanbaatar and then expand to all aimags and soums throughout July.
Mercy Corps wishes our staff, partners and beneficiaries a Happy Naadam!
Hovd aimag is famous for its watermelons, cucumber, tomatoes and other vegetables. For more than 300 years, the local residents have been growing vegetables along Buyant river. Fertile soil, abundant water resources and hard-working people are main factors of success.
Hovd aimag leads all western aimags in terms of vegetable production. On the national level, the aimag is behind only Selenge and Tuv, main agricultural regions of Mongolia. In autumn, the market gets oversupplied and vegetable prices drop. Hovd has difficulties finding a big market for its produce. It supplies all neighboring aimags but the real market is in Ulaanbaatar, thousands of km away.
Camels have developed unique biological mechanisms that help them to adapt to harsh and extreme environment and go without water and food for weeks. Camel’s humps consist of stored fat that support them when food and water is scarce. Body temperature of camels fluctuates throughout a day from 340C to 41.70C. This allows the camel to conserve water by not sweating as the environmental temperature rises. When water is available, they can drink up to 57 liters of water at one drinking session. Another difference is their ability to drink salty water.
Size of camels helps them to find and eat tall grass and trees that no other animal can reach. Faced with lack of food, camels can increase size of their stomachs and slowly digest food. These unique abilities of camels help them survive dzuds and other natural disasters more than any other animals. It was observed that herders lost less than 4% of camel herd during any major dzud occurred in the last 60 years, whereas losses of other types of livestock were between 15% and 40%. So camels are crucial for local communities to support their livelihoods, protect against natural disasters and develop their resilience skills.