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Agriculture and Food Security Project

Background: The Government of Nepal has made food security a national priority.Food security means that all people have enough to eat at all times to be healthy and active, and do not have to fear that the situation will change in the future. According to the report prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) the Global Hunger Index of Nepal in the year 2013 is 17.3 indicating the serious problem of food security. The underlying causes of food insecurity in Nepal are complex and so is the solution. About half of the people in Nepal live on less than US$1.25 per day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing a Technical Assistance (TA) Project (UTF/NEP/073/NEP) to support the Agriculture and Food Security Project (AFSP) implemented by the Ministry of Agricultural Development of the Government of Nepal under grant assistance of Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP) and supervisory support of the World Bank. The project has four main components: i) technology development and adaptation, ii) technology dissemination and adoption iii) Food and Nutritional Status Enhancement, and iv) Project Management including cross-cutting issues, such as, environmental and social safeguard and livelihood. The project is being implemented in 19 districts among them Surkhet is also one of the target district of Nepal to provide required technical assistance and implementation support towards achievement of objectives, outcomes and outputs set forth by the main AFSP project within the areas of FAO comparative advantages. More specifically the FAO TA Project will provide two distinct packages of assistance: (i) capacity development and enhancement; and (ii) quality assurance.

 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has lunched Food Security Programme at 10 VDCs in Surkhet district to minimize risk of food shortage. The programme has been launched at the Salkot and Bidhyapur VDCs, in the first phase. Similarly, the programme will be launched at Kalyan, Dasharathpur, Bajedichour and Rakam VDCs in the second phase.  Likewise, the programme will be launched at Gutu, Babaiyachaur, Gumi and Lekhparsa VDCs in the third phase. The programme is being effective to solve the problem of food shortage due to decrease in production, traditional farming and lack of irrigation facilities and marketing of the product. The goal of the project is to reduce poverty and hunger by promoting agricultural development, improved nutrition and the pursuit of food security to people for their active and healthy life.

Objectives of the project:  To enhance food & nutritional security of targeted communities in selected locations of Surkhet, increase food availability, made possible by increasing productivity of agriculture, both crop and livestock,  increase availability of food items that improves dietary intake made possible by promotion of diversified diets, and improved feeding and caring practices for pregnant and nursing women and children from 6 up to 24 months of age.

Target Areas with project VDC and cluster in Surkhet District: Cluster 1 Vidyapur and Salkot, Cluster II Kalyan, Dasharathpur, Rakam, Bajedichaur, Cluster III : Gutu, Babiyachaur, Gumi and Lekhfarsha

Major activities to be carried out

The Sundar Nepal will provide required package of services in close coordination with DPSU and overall technical guidance of DTOs and FAO TA Team3.  Specifically, the tasks are: Formation of new groups and reform existing groups4 as per AFSP group selection criteria, Provide group level orientation/meeting to sensitize on AFSP activities,  Identify and enlist potential NGOs/CBOs and private sector entities that are active in the assigned VDC,  Provide technical backstopping to AFSP groups in developing proposals/business plans to access support for small grant scheme of the project, Prepare joint action plan on crop, livestock and nutrition for village and district level activities, Identify potential Farmers candidate for various project related trainings and other activities, Mobilize FFS Groups  for Crop and Livestock FFS and other training of the project in line with the annual work plan of FAO-TA (DTOs);  Coordinate with line agencies and beneficiaries for the distribution of agricultural inputs; Provide technical backstopping in promotional activities of AFSP to the project beneficiaries and communities; Facilitate to implement on-farm trials organized by NARC and recording data; Provide animal health and management services to project beneficiaries and the communities; Provide BCC intervention to project beneficiaries; Provide technical backstopping in promotional activities of AFSP related to ‘food and nutritional status enhancement’ program.; Collect field level data required for PMIS and submit to concerned district technical officers on monthly basis and as required by AFSP to carryout various surveys.

 Staff Structure:  Project Facilitarors 10, Agriculture Technicians -5, Livestock Technicians -5.  

 Proposed Activities/Services to be provided : 

 Group Formation/reformation, mobilization and strengthening

 FFS Groups 123, Mother Group -90, Farmer Groups-90 wth total 308. 

Technical Assistance Crop Production and Productivity Enhancement Support Activities

FFS seed-5, FFS Crop-100, Crop Demo 210,, VMF 14, Home stea Garden 300. 

Technical Assistance to Livestock Promotion Support Activities

FFS Goat-23, FFS Diary-6, Goat groips 82, Dairy Groups 8 VMF -13

Technical Assistance to Nutritional Status Enhancement Support Services

BCC Orientations 90, BCC Practices 90, Small Grant Promosal development 173

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