Following the food assistance reported in the previous report, from December to January, we provided agricultural-related assistance to improve the livelihood of the residents. Currently, the social situation remains in turmoil, and prices of all kinds of commodities have skyrocketed. This significantly reduced the buying power of locals. Without access to nutritious food and vegetables, local people particularly children, often suffer from malnutrition.
It is unfortunate that farmers were not spared from the high prices of farming inputs. As an alternative, our assistance targeted small-scale farmers. So far, we have helped a total of 200 households in 10 villages. We encouraged and taught them to use organic materials that are readily available to their villagers. As the local farmers grow organic vegetables mainly for their consumption, our initiative is helping to address the problem of food insecurity.
It is currently dry season in Myanmar, but the climate is suitable for vegetable cultivation. One of the locals who received support commented that she and her family had to limit food purchases because of the high prices. She added that the seeds, compost, and vegetable farming techniques that she learned from OISCA enabled her to engage in home gardening. She and her family are now enjoying nutritious meals.
We are committed to reaching out to communities and improving their livelihood and nutrition standards. Our staff who are working on the ground constantly monitor and provide technical assistance to the farmers.
We look forward to your continued support.
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