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Food security and livelihood intervention to support flood-affected rural households in Pakistan

Food security and livelihood intervention to support flood-affected rural households in Pakistan

Full title of the project:

Food security and livelihood intervention to support flood-affected rural households recovering from the 2011 monsoon floods in Pakistan

Target areas:

Mirpurkhas and Umerkot districts in Sindh province

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 590 886
Implementation:
01/06/2012-31/12/2012
Project code:
OSRO/PAK/205/CAN
Objective:

To enhance household-level food security and nutrition by establishing home gardens for vegetable production, and to provide support for increased poultry production, particularly to female-headed households.

Key partners:

Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development and Ministry of Environment.

Beneficiaries reached:

5 000 vulnerable farming households.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 5 000 beneficiary households with 500-gram vegetable seed packages for kitchen gardening (including 300 g of pea, 100 g of spinach, 50 g of turnip, 20 g of tomato and 30 g of carrot seeds) and 5 kg of NPK fertilizer per household.
  • Provided the same beneficiary households with comprehensive poultry packages, comprising of 12 birds, one portable poultry cage and 30 kg of poultry feed per package.
  • Trained all beneficiary female-headed households on improved vegetable and poultry production.
  • Trained a selected 328 female beneficiaries on advanced management practices for backyard poultry and kitchen gardening.
Impact:
  • Targeted households can collect up to seven eggs per week from their hens.
  • Home gardens will provide households with at least a two-month supply of fresh vegetables.
  • Savings generated from the sale of vegetables will allow beneficiaries to cover other family needs.
  • Farmers reported improved yields owing to the quality of seed received and training on better field practices.