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Support for the recovery of agriculture-based livelihoods of vulnerable farmers affected by 2012 floods in Pakistan

Support for the recovery of agriculture-based livelihoods of vulnerable farmers affected by 2012 floods in Pakistan

Full title of the project:

Support for the recovery of agriculture-based livelihoods of vulnerable farmers affected by 2012 floods in Sindh and Balochistan provinces in Pakistan

Target areas:

Jacobabad and Kashmore districts (Sindh province) and Jaffarabad (Balochistan province)

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 6 361 961
4000000
01/07/2013-30/04/2015
Project code:
OSRO/PAK/304/UK
Objective:

To restore food security and agriculture-based livelihoods of resource-poor, food-insecure vulnerable farming households affected by recurring floods in Jacobabad and Kashmore districts of Sindh province and Jaffarabad district of Balochistan province.

Key partners:

Department of Agriculture, national and international Non-governmental Organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

71 747 flood-affected households (approximately 452 006 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 40 000 households with crop packages containing seeds (wheat, lentil, sunflower or rice, and vegetable) and fertilizer for the Rabi, Zaid Rabi and Kharif seasons.
  • Established 110 farmer field schools/Women’s Open Schools ([WOS] 25 people each) for kitchen gardening; provided members with vegetable seeds, fertilizer and gardening tools.
  • Established 50 WOS (25 women each) for backyard poultry production; provided members with 15 000 chickens and 300 turkeys (as well as feed and poultry raising equipment).
  • Established 50 WOS (25 women each) for livestock production; provided members with 3.12 tonnes of Berseem fodder seed, 50 manual chaff cutters and livestock feeding kits.
  • Vaccinated 8 435 heads of livestock belonging to 1 275 beneficiaries against haemorrhagic septicaemia and enterotoxaemia.
  • Distributed 404 344 fodder and fruit saplings to 23 779 households.
  • Constructed six raised bed platforms and six fish ponds, benefiting 442 households.
  • Rehabilitated 65 damaged water courses through cash-for-work, employing 969 labourers and increasing irrigation water access for 1 214 households.
  • Introduced the Rice Seed Multiplication Initiative, under which 895 tonnes of flood-tolerant rice seed were produced by 93 households.
Impact:
  • Enabled the production of 13 133 tonnes of wheat grain, 3 380 tonnes of sunflower, 29 760 tonnes of rice and 26 616 tonnes of vegetables.
  • Reduced the incidence of disease among beneficiaries’ livestock by 70-80 percent.
  • Enabled families to generate income through the sale of surplus production, helping them cover household expenses and purchase new agricultural inputs for the following season.
  • Improved beneficiaries’ technical skills, promoted effective decision-making, contributed to increased yields and income generation, and enhanced beneficiaries’ capacity to cope with the impacts of future natural hazards on agriculture.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ consumption of highly nutritious foods (vegetables, eggs, dairy products), and increased the overall diversity of their diets by 10 percent.
  • Decreased families’ reliance on the purchase of staple foods, reducing their vulnerability to price shocks.