A foreign-funded project has successfully helped enhance the climate change adaptability of coastal communities in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

The remark was made by Nguyen Thien Phap, head of the Sub-department of Irrigation and Storm and Flood Prevention and Control under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The 18 billion VND (around 853,000 USD) project, financed by the Oxfam International in Vietnam and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), aims to help the most vulnerable people, especially women and children, in the locality to raise their adaptation to harsh living conditions.

Started in 2012, the two-year project has enabled nearly 1,000 households in Go Cong Tay and Tan Phu Dong districts to access loans of up to 5 million VND ( 236 USD ) to develop their breeding and traditional handicrafts.

Besides, it has benefited more than 10,000 local households through its training activities and job generation.

The project’s management board has carried out market research to support poor labourers in the locality and suggested new models of livelihood and economic development.-VNA