Assessing spring needs in western provinces of Mongolia.Published: Mar 13, 2023 Reading time: 2 minutes
Representatives of People in Need (PIN) Mongolia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Mongolia (FAO), the Disaster Risk Reduction Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Red Cross Society, and the EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Organization (EU ECHO) are working in Uvurkhangai, Zavkhan, and Uvs aimags on March 10-14 to do post distribution monitoring, and spring needs assessment.
Meetings with the soum administration and herders were held during the assessment and discussed the spring and dzud conditions in the region.
People in Need in partnership with the National Statistical Office of Mongolia, conducted a survey to determine the most suitable assistance that can be provided to herder families to cope with the disaster in 2021, supported by the Potsdam Climate Impact Research Institute (PIK).
381 herder households that participated in the survey were randomly selected from Zavkhan, Uvs, and Gobi-Altai aimags where the dzud risk was high and received cash assistance of 500,000-850,000 MNT.
As of 1 February, approximately 70% of Mongolia or a total of 21 aimags are at either high or extreme dzud situation. This has directly affected the livelihoods of 191,000 herder households. About 87,000 of these herder households have less than 200 heads of livestock and are considered vulnerable