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Vice Minister Visits WFP-Supported Projects Tackling Climate Change In NTB

LOMBOK, WEST NUSA TENGGARA – Vice Minister of the National Development Planning/Vice Chairman of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) Dr Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo today visited projects in Central Lombok supported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that are designed enhance community food security and resilience to natural disasters.

Together with the government of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province, as well as local officials in Central Lombok, WFP has designed and implemented Food-For-Assets (FFA) projects that help communities build vital infrastructure and protect themselves and their food supply from the impact of climate change.

“The Government of Indonesia welcomes the collaboration with WFP at the national level as well as at the provincial level here in NTB, one of the vulnerable provinces to climate change.” Said Vice Minister Lukita Dinarsyah during a visit to a river-basin conservation project in Tanah Beak, Central Lombok. “The programmes being implemented by the NTB Provincial Government, together with key partner WFP, build community resilience, particularly of the poorest and most vulnerable – typically smallholder farmers, women and children.”

Most rural families in NTB rely on small-scale agriculture, which depends on rainwater for irrigation. In future, climate change and extreme weather are expected to have an increasingly strong impact, making communities more vulnerable to food shortages.     

In 2012, WFP’s Food-For-Asset programmes in NTB helped communities plant close to 2.9 million mangrove and tree seedlings.  In addition, more than 650 farmers and fishermen received training to help them better maintain nearly 1,250 hectares of coastal and other critical land.  As well as strengthening community resilience to shocks, WFP’s FFA projects address short-term food needs for 11,000 poor households, and support income-generation opportunities.

“We are particularly excited to showcase the innovative systems and sustainable long-term solutions being implemented through our joint programmes,” said WFP Indonesia Representative Coco Ushiyama. “We applaud the strong partnership and pro-active support of local government in addressing the impact of climate change and extreme weather on communities which struggle to secure proper food intake and nutrition.”

In early 2012, the NTB government launched their Provincial Action Plan on Food and Nutrition, which emphasizes the importance of food security and nutrition monitoring, as well as evidence-based analysis tools to identify and prioritize social safety-net programmes at provincial and district level.

The development of NTB’s Action Plan was coordinated by the local Ministry of Planning and supported by WFP, in cooperation with the local university and other partners.  

Together with WFP, the NTB government also developed a Provincial Strategy and Action Plan for Food Security in anticipation of climate change, analysing climate risks and their potential impact on food security in the province.

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