FAO concludes its Earthquake Response Programme in Nepal

FAO concludes its Earthquake Response Programme in Nepal

23/06/2016

FAO conducted the End of Project Performance Appraisal (EPPA) for its Earthquake Emergency Response Programme in Nepal after 13 months since its inception in May 2015. Local government partners – District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) and District Livestock Service Office (DLSO), as well as FAO’s local implementing partners – participated in a one-day workshop to share the outputs, challenges and lesson learned from the emergency programme.

 

FAO’s immediate relief and recovery programme started within weeks of the 25 April 2015 earthquakes. Following the early response and relief phase, FAO supported long-term recovery and reconstruction work in the agriculture and livestock sectors, assisting a total of 1.5 million people. FAO distributed essential crop seeds – paddy, maize, wheat and vegetable – as well as grain storage bags to affected communities. Mineral mixtures to boost animal health and materials to rehabilitate animal shelters were also distributed to the vulnerable population. The rehabilitation of community-managed small-scale irrigation schemes – though it initially began as a small project – became one of the most preferred activities, providing farmers with much-needed irrigation water. The irrigation schemes were therefore scaled up from 12 to 64 during the programme period.

During the beneficiary needs assessment, durable metal bins were preferred over storage bags. FAO distributed over 15 000 durable metal bins in the second lot of distribution, and has also rehabilitated five community seed storage/collection facilities. These facilities will allow farmers to store their grains and seeds, and serve as a temporary collection centre for vegetables before taking them to the market. It is evident in the villages that out-migration has contributed to the feminization of the agricultural burden. Based on these findings, mini-tillers were added to address the need for support for tilling land and harvesting crops.

“The main aim of the EPPA is to conclude the FAO earthquake emergency response programme by handing it over to the relevant authorities – DADO and DLSO. Through this workshop, FAO provides exit plan to all the stakeholders and reflect on the lessons learned and challenges of the operation over the past year,” said Ram Luetel, the National Emergency Coordinator for the earthquakes emergency programme. 

The handover ceremony will be a day event in each of the six most affected districts – Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchokw – where FAO operations have taken place for the past year. The EPPA also aims to successfully hand over the technical capacity developed over the past year to the affected communities through the local authorities. “FAO, DADO and DLSO have been working in close collaboration since the inception of the programme, taking joint decisions in all steps of project implementation,” confirmed Dr. Shree Ram Ghimire, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Development.

FAO emergency response team was established in the aftermath of Nepal earthquakes. As the programme phases out in July, FAO will continue working in Nepal with the government partners by providing technical cooperation whenever needed.