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Emergency assistance to restore agricultural-based livelihoods of vulnerable earthquake-affected smallholder farmers in the six most affected districts in Nepal

Emergency assistance to restore agricultural-based livelihoods of vulnerable earthquake-affected smallholder farmers in the six most affected districts in Nepal

Full title of the project:

Emergency assistance to restore agricultural-based livelihoods of earthquake-affected smallholder farmers in Nepal

Target areas:

Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchowk districts

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 548 861
16/06/2015-30/05/2016
Project code:
OSRO/NEP/503/NOR
Objective:

To assist earthquake-affected smallholder farming households to resume agricultural activities and protect animal health.

Key partners:

District Disaster Relief Committees, District Agriculture Development Offices, District Livestock Service Offices and local Non-governmental Organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

90 000 households.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 45 000 households with vegetable seeds for the summer and winter planting seasons.
  • Provided 25 300 households each with 10 kg packets of wheat seeds.
  • Rehabilitated five community grain and seed storage facilities and 24 community-managed small-scale irrigation schemes.
  • Provided 15 000 households each with one multi-purpose metal bin to protect grains and seed stocks from insects and pests.
  • Provided 45 000 households each with 2 kg packages of mineral mixture to boost livestock health.
  • Provided 180 households (members of 36 women’s groups) with materials for the construction of plastic tunnels for off-season vegetable production.
  • Provided 450 households with drip irrigation sets.
  • Provided 3 000 households with corrugated iron sheets to rehabilitate animal shelters.
  • Distributed 127 mini-tillers to support land tilling and harvest, benefiting 6 350 households.
  • Conducted two assessments on the food security, livelihoods and early recovery situation after the earthquakes.
  • Conducted trainings on plastic tunnel construction; production of urea molasses mineral blocks; maintenance of small-scale irrigation schemes; operation and maintenance of mini-tillers; and safe construction of animal shelters.
Impact:
  • Enabled beneficiaries to resume their farming activities, prevent further economic losses, restore their food security and build resilience against future shocks.
  • Early-maturing and high-yielding seed varieties allowed for multiple plantings and greater income for beneficiaries, in addition to providing immediate nutritional support (in the case of vegetables).
  • Safeguarded livestock health and improved productivity through the provision of mineral mixture.
  • Helped beneficiaries to efficiently utilize scarce water resources through the use of drip irrigation systems.