Mongolia: Resilience and Nutrition Security

Mongolia: Resilience and Nutrition Security

The rural population of Mongolia to this day still lives from primarily on herding. However, herding or trading associations still lack the skills and information for them to gain access to finances to develop other, more profitable activities. With this in mind, in 2011 the government established the aimag development fund, which is meant to provide rural entrepreneurs low-interest loans to subsidise their economic activities. 

However, both individuals and small and medium enterprises and cooperatives lack information on how to utilise the fund. Therefore, People in Need is attempting to raise awareness through a programme entitled “Improvement of the living conditions and economic situation of the rural community”.  

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Past aid programmes

Improvement of the living conditions and economic situation of the rural community

Improvement of the living conditions and economic situation of the rural community

In cooperation with its partners, under this programme People in Need supports the Mongolian inhabitants to develop private sector businesses. We teach them how to begin collaboration with the local administrative bodies to develop a common strategy. The aim is to perfect the skills of the participants to share in the market and local administration.  
 
We keep the rural population informed about the mechanisms of the development fund and are trying to improve the capacities of local administrative bodies. We provide training in activities generating new sources of income, for instance year-round vegetable production or supporting tourism. As for commercial and financial planning, we provide technical assistance of production, processing and marketing. All participants of this programme later share their experiences and most effective procedures.
Support of small and medium enterprises

Support of small and medium enterprises

The Agricultural and processing industries development programme concentrated on areas with a high level of unemployment. It focused on workers in agricultural and processing industries, i.e. growing and processing vegetables, fruit and orchard industry, beekeeping, production of fashionable felt products, carpentry, pig farming, poultry farming etc. The beneficiaries of support were unemployed, or small-scale farmers with low or zero qualifications. Completion of training raised their professional qualifications and their likelihood of success in the labour market.      
 

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