In the Cox's Bazaar in Myanmar, some 880,000 Rohingya refugees and thousands of local Bangladeshis struggle to find food during the Covid-19 pandemic. Eighty-six percent of the refugees and 51% of the locals were reported to be highly vulnerable to poverty and hunger. The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, stepped in to help, providing agricultural skills training, farming provisions and emergency cash to more than 40,000 families. Local marketplaces, called vegetable collection centers, were set up so impoverished families could save on transportation costs. And around 1,000 households are learning vertical gardening in order to grow their own vegetables. The efforts have given people hope to hold onto for a better future.

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