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TaiwanICDF’s Response in Agriculture

Agriculture

Case 1: Increasing the supply of vegetables, fruits, and pigs to meet the needs of the outer islands
In the Marshall Islands, the majority of food is imported. The COVID-19 lockdown has restricted transportation, which has impacted food imports and the livelihood of islanders. To alleviate the food supply shortage, the Taiwan Technical Mission in Marshall Islands provided seeds, seedlings, compost for home gardening, and piglets to outer islanders.

Case 2: Collaborating with local NGOs to provide humanitarian assistance
COVID-19 has caused price hikes of imports in Palau. To relieve the impact on migrant workers and vulnerable groups, the Taiwan Technical Mission in Palau donated products such as fresh vegetables, eggs, and pork to Red Cross and the Labour Department of Palau for people in need.
Case 3: Uninterrupted training activities in outdoor shelters
To prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Taiwan Technical Mission in Papua New Guinea set up outdoor shelters with coconut leaves to ensure air ventilation, reduce the risk of infection, and provide training programs for prospective farmers.
Case 4: Awareness campaign on dietary diversity and pandemic prevention
Not all schools in Nauru are equipped with tap water for students to implement personal hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Taiwan Technical Mission in Nauru held a fundraiser and used the proceeds to purchase portable sanitation kits for schools. Good hygiene practices protect students from not only COVID-19 but also trachoma, flu, and other diseases.

Meanwhile, the shipping of supplies has been stopped for over three months because of COVID-19. To address this, the Mission has provided vegetable seedlings and compost for home gardening to facilitate balanced diets.
Case 5: Assisting island nations to advance deployment and prevent food shortage
Tuvalu has been affected by climate change for a long time, and the effect of COVID-19 has impacted the transportation of materials to outer islands. Thus, the Taiwan Technical Mission in Tuvalu has provided seeds and seedlings of crops, vegetables, and fruits with long shelf-lives to islanders in order to maintain livelihood resilience.
Case 6: Blooming flowers bring love and smiles that thaw out the sadness caused by COVID-19
In Paraguay, Mother’s Day and Independence Day are both on May 15. Paraguayans are used to expressing their love for their mothers with beautiful bouquets on Mother’s Day. The bouquets are usually gorgeous roses but with the successful promotion of orchids by Taiwan Technical Mission for several years, the orchid has become one of the most popular gifts.

Under the influence of Paraguay's national home isolation policy, customers are currently buying flowers online and through courier services. Therefore, orchid sales in May were not affected by the epidemic, leading to bright smiles for the mothers who participated in TTM’s orchid promotion.
Case 7: Agricultural byproducts help keep the sheeps and goats in Belize alive during the dry season
During the dry season, Belizean farmers face challenges brought by wildfires and water shortages. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures the Belize government has taken, it is more difficult for farmers to have enough pasture for their livestock and maintain the same level of household income.

As a partner to the farmers, the Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement Project (Sheep Project) of Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize immediately used their contingency funding to purchase citrus pellets and mill feed to implement a feed relief program. This relief program is expected to enhance farmers’ business profitability and sustainability. At the same time, the program introduces a new chapter in the circular economy between agricultural and animal husbandry industries in Belize.
Case 8: Subsidizing agricultural materials, such as fertilizers and pesticides, to nurture avocado trees
In Honduras, farmers began to plant avocados in May. To provide farmers with good-quality seeds as scheduled, the Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Honduras first ensures that the nursery staff receives the necessary equipment. The Mission also offers counseling to nurseries in Comayagua, Intibucá, and Ocotepeque on producing grafted avocado seedlings. As an inter-provincial travel ban was placed due to the pandemic, the Mission has coordinated with the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) in Honduras on SAG’s delivery of seeds for farmers to timely plant avocado trees in the rainy season. Moreover, the Mission has subsidized the agricultural materials needed for planting to help farmers get through the pandemic.

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Case 9: Distributing Vegetables to Local Public Kitchens and Providing Food to Vulnerable Households
Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Indonesia invited project partners to jointly coordinate a relief project during the COVID-19 pandemic to help farmers produce vegetables and promote the nutritional value of vegetables to citizens.

The Strengthening Incubator Agribusiness with Human Resources Development in Bandung project has helped farmers by providing agricultural materials, post-harvesting assistance, special varieties, and agricultural produce safety strategies, with part of the produce being donated to orphanages and local foundations in need. In addition, the Karawang Horticulture Development Project cooperated with the local government on the "Public Kitchen" event by providing agricultural materials and training and teaching farmers how to produce high-quality vegetables, which were then sent to the kitchens of various villages to be cooked into meals. The nutritious meals made with love were delivered to vulnerable households, helping many families through a difficult time.
Case 10: A Hopeful Seedling, A Bright Future!
Eswatini’s vegetable seeds and seedlings supply are mainly imported from South Africa. During the pandemic, the lockdown of both countries induced the shortage of seedlings. The Taiwan Technical Mission of Eswatini contacted the Ministry of Agriculture to emergently produce cabbage, tomato, and green pepper seedlings in order to fulfill domestic demand and avoid nutritional imbalance. The Taiwan Technical Mission also used this opportunity to establish a vegetable seedling production and management system in the Malkerns Research Station, which will enable production of winter vegetable seedlings and reduce reliance on imports in the future.

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  • Date:2020/6/10