Delta agricultural sector in ‘critical need’ of funding: UN

Published on 02 February 2009

The United Nations said last week there was a “critical need” for funding to help rebuild the lives of millions of people in the agriculture sector whose livelihoods were shattered when cyclone Nargis battered the Ayeyarwady delta last May. A United Nations statement issued after a meeting of international donors in Yangon last Thursday said only US$16.3 million had been provided out of $58.4 million sought for the sector under a UN Revised Appeal for funding made last July. [...] It follows a UN report issued a day earlier that said food security was still a major concern in the delta, Myanmar’s main rice-producing region. The report by the World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organisation said rice production in cyclone-affected areas of the delta had fallen to half last year’s output.

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