Sambik Elen, Lombok, 13 September 2019 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) along with National Zakat Board (BAZNAS) today launched a partnership to stimulate economic development in a quake-hit agricultural village in Indonesia’s island of Lombok.
In August 2018, Lombok island was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, killing 564 people, and displacing 400,000 others. The quake also damaged more than 70,000 houses and key infrastructure for agricultural economic activities. Sambik Elen village - a key production area in North Lombok for coffee and cashew nut - was one the hardest hit areas.
The event in Lombok came a week after UNDP and BAZNAS launched a an agro-tourism village in Jambi, one of Indonesia’s key commodities’ pockets. The two initiatives are part of a larger collaboration on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which sawas a continuation of the successful development of a micro-hydro plant in Jambi province in Sumatra island last year.
Under the partnership, villagers in Sambik Elen will learn new skills to improve crop production, maintain plantation and create finished products to build economic enterprises in local commodities.
"Our collaboration in enhancing local economic development in Sambik Elen will cover several potentials there such as cashew, coffee, porang, Trigona honey, and SMEs" Says BAZNASNana Mintarti, BAZNAS Commissioner.
UNDP Indonesia Deputy Resident Representative Sophie Kemkhadze said harnessing the local economy will give an opportunity for the quake-hit village to build back better.