Mercy Corps' Resilient Communities Program proposes to achieve growth and stability in income and social well‐being for Mongolia's urban and rural communities by stimulating production and export opportunities in its livestock economy, while enhancing the capacity of households and government to prevent and mitigate shocks and stresses to build long‐term resilience. Read More...
After the successful launch of the Resilient Communities Program (RCP), Mercy Corps held a participatory planning workshop on 6 April 2017 in Ulaanbaatar with local and national stakeholders and partners. The goal of this one-day workshop was to introduce the RCP to the participants and develop an RCP action plan for each of eight target aimags.
24 participants from eight aimags presented the aimag development strategy in livestock sector, discussed current challenges facing agricultural producers, and identified priorities for the Resilient Communities Program. The participants included Chiefs of target aimag Food and Agriculture Departments, Mercy Corps staff, agricultural consultants and food safety experts. At the end of the workshop, the participants developed a draft action plan for each of the eight target aimags to be implemented under the RCP.
Mercy Corps Mongolia held a successful launch event for its Resilient Communities Program (RCP) on April 4th. Keynote speakers at our event included Deputy Prime Minister U. Khurelsukh, the U.S. Ambassador Jennifer Z. Galt, and the Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry P. Sergelen. Over 100 people attended the event, representing the public and private sectors, along with a number of media outlets.
The RCP is a four-year, 10 million dollar program, funded entirely by the sale of our shares in Xac Bank, now one of the largest banks in Mongolia. RCP aims to achieve growth and stability in income and social well-being for Mongolia’s semi-urban and rural communities by stimulating production and export opportunities in the livestock economy, while enhancing capacity and building long-term resilience of households and government to prevent and mitigate shocks and stresses. Mercy Corps will work with herders, meat processors, SMEs, government organizations and veterinarians to improve production of high quality, natural and sustainably-raised Mongolian meat products meeting national and international standards for export, to support sales markets and facilitate market linkages, to help increase financial inclusion for herders and rural businesses and to offer opportunities for local youth to build their skills and find jobs. The RCP will be implemented in eight aimags.
Mongolia is a land of climate extremes, with long, cold winters and short summers. For a third of Mongolia's population whose livelihoods are dependent on nomadic herding, harsh winter conditions represent a significant challenge. Extreme cold temperatures coupled with heavy winter snowfalls can result in dzud, when thousands of animals die due to inability to graze or reach water. In the last 70 years, Mongolia has experienced 12 large-scale dzuds, with a total livestock loss of 40.1 million; over 60% died in the four dzuds since 1999.
This year's winter has been extremely cold and in some places the temperatures dropped to -50 degree Celsius. A series of heavy snowfalls worsened the situation and some aimags (provinces) are covered in snow up to 23-25 cm deep. In mountainous areas, the snow is as deep as 50-90 cm. If conditions continue, livestock may start die and jeopardize the livelihoods of local herder households. According to the government assessment, as of January 2017, 110 soums (districts) in 15 aimags are already at risk of dzud. In the areas with heavy snow fall, people are at risk of losing their access to food, fuel, and emergency services due to poor conditions or blocked road. In a number of soums, these issues are exacerbated by extremely low temperatures, putting both people and livestock at an increased risk. Specifically, pregnant women, children and elderly people are most likely to suffer from these conditions.
Mercy Corps Mongolia is implementing the Leveraging Tradition and Science in Disaster Risk Reduction Project 2 (LTS2) to reduce the risk of dzud to herder communities in Mongolia through on-demand weather information, increased local planning and risk reduction capacity and to mitigate the negative effects of the dzud by supporting local communities to plan and implement livestock related recovery activities that support long-term sustainability of extensive herding systems.
Within the framework of LTS2 project, Mercy Corps is announcing a Call for Proposals in 15 target aimags to support recovery and protection interventions of livestock from 2015/16 dzud and the current harsh winter conditions. Read More...