Resilience & Nutrition Security
The rural population of Mongolia leads predominantly pastoral livelihoods. Because herding or trading associations face barriers and challenges to pursure alternative earning activities, PIN Mongolia strived to raise people’s awareness of the benefits of financial literacy. We also worked on strengthening herders ́resilience against severe winters called dzud. Thanks to an SMS system, herders received easily and otherwise inaccessible information about weather forecasts.
1) increasing the availability of early warning through an SMS platform,
2) assisting local and national authorities in disaster management,
3) research and advocacy around herder’s household vulnerability, the barriers they face for new and old coping mechanisms and advancing early warning systems and
4) developing disaster management plans, proactive pasture management plans and a dzud vulnerability index for use the Government of Mongolia and humanitarian actors in-country.
A key activity is the development in our target areas of local disaster management plans that include pasture management, and a vulnerability index for Mongolian herder population. Accessing weather information and an increased knowledge of the new challenges facing them will increase the resilience of Mongolian herders to shocks and stressors. At an institutional level, increased planning and sensitization will enable local and national authorities to better to respond to hazards in Mongolia. Working at these levels and advancing research on the challenges facing Mongolian herders, PIN Mongolia aims to increase the viability of the herding livelihood, a tradition in Mongolia, in the face of a changing climate.