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ActionAid Vietnam entrusted Cau Ngang district in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh with a development supporting programme at a ceremony held in the locality on September 22.

The programme, the first of its kind funded by ActionAid Vietnam, has been implemented at a total cost of over 24 billion VND (1.06 million USD) in Thuan Hoa, My Hoa, Hiep My Dong and Hiep My Tay communes since 2011.

It aims to eradicate poverty and improve the livelihoods of ethnic women and children with top priorities including sustainable agriculture development, building a solid community to aid the impoverished and vulnerable as well as responding to natural calamities and climate change.

The programme management board is set to provide residents with trainings in agricultural techniques and land rights; support 112 households to feed breeding cows, pigs and chickens; and help 875 families cultivate rice adaptable to salinity intrusion.

Some 18 families in need have borrowed an area of 4.8 hectares for production while 51 households were receiving financial support to operate small businesses.

Under the programme, 39 irrigation initiatives were dredged and 40 boreholes and two bridges were constructed.

In addition, literacy programmes were available for women and Khmer ethnic minority members.

Nguyen Duc Mau, Vice Chairman of the district People’s Committee, said that production models in the district helped improve residential livelihoods, contributing to socio-economic development.

ActionAid, an international organisation, has worked with over 15 million people in 45 countries towards a world free from poverty and injustice.-VNA