Model of raising goats in Ben Tre under the Oxfam project (Photo: nongthonmoi.bentre.gov.vn)
 
Ben Tre (VNA) – A five – year project on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, launched by Oxfam organisation, has benefited 15 communes in three coastal districts of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. 

Funded by New Zealand’s aid, the project aims to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of poor people and local authorities to disaster and climate risks in coastal communities in the Mekong Delta. It also targets to improve income and living conditions for local people through building climate-change adaptive livelihood models and water supply systems. 

Running from June 2012 to October 2017, the project has done 94 percent of the total work.

During nearly five-year implementation, the project has helped local authorities integrate disaster prevention into annual social – economic development plans, said Nguyen Van Buoi, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He added that the project also conducted educational campaigns to raise awareness of local people of disaster risks and climate change effects
 
Under the component on improving incomes of the poor, 2,469 goats and 370 breeding cows have been given to more than 2,600 households. As a result, 384 local households have risen out of poverty. 

Meanwhile, nearly 6,000 households gained access to clean water.-VNA