Since the beginning of the latest cycle of violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar, in August 2017, around 741,577 Rohingya refugees have sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh, in Cox’s Bazar.
The crisis stems from Myanmar’s decades-long persecution of around 1.3 million Rohingya, a Muslim minority denied citizenship by law since 1982. Due to many restrictions in Cox’s Bazar, Rohingya refugees are highly dependent on food assistance, in-kind and voucher programs. Many host community members are left more vulnerable by this rapid influx, not being able to meet the per capita minimum expenditure basket due to price hikes.
RET conducted two Needs & Assets Assessment Missions in Bangladesh, in Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, where it conducted ‘Key Informant Interviews’ with government officials, UN agencies, law firms, donors and NGOs. To respond to the increasingly concerning food insecurity of both host and FDMN community in Cox’s Bazar, RET is planning to implement a chicken farming project. The latter represents a much needed and demanded livelihood and food/essential products support for both communities.