On a visit to central Vietnam on March 21, Australian Ambassador Allaster Cox announced that his government would provide VND820 million for four projects in the region. They cover disaster mitigation, disability support and sustainable livelihoods.
In Ha Tinh Province, the Australian Embassy will work with the group For a Sustainable Life to build 10 flood proof shelters and hold training workshops on protecting against and responding to severe floods and storms.
"The project complements the Australian government's ten years of work with the government of Vietnam in disaster risk reduction," Cox said.
Disaster risk reduction is a priority in the Climate Change Adaptation Agenda of the Australia-Vietnam Cooperation Development Program.
Also in Ha Tinh, Cox announced funding for the establishment of a cricket breeding farm in Cam Nhuong Commune, a traditional salt producing area. The farm, built in collaboration with the Ha Tinh Vocational Training and Peasants Support Centre, will give local farmers an additional source of income in the idle period between salt harvests.