Nepal earthquakes - Situation report 18 April 2016

Nepal earthquakes - Situation report 18 April 2016
Apr 2016

Highlights

  • FAO continues to support Government-led efforts to address and coordinate the response to food security and livelihood needs in the six districts most severely affected by the earthquakes: Dolakha, Dhading, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchowk.
  • Since April 2015, FAO has reached close to 1.5 million people with agricultural inputs.
  • Led by the Ministry of Agricultural Development, FAO continues to support the Food Security Cluster as its co-lead by providing human resources as well as advisory support to Cluster partners on the quality of agricultural inputs distributed to affected communities.
  • FAO is continuing its longer-term recovery and resilience work, which is critical to help vulnerable farmers rebuild their livelihoods, by investing in the following activities:
    – Prevent post-harvest losses by providing grain and seed storage metal bins.
    – Ensure spring vegetable and maize crop planting through seed distribution.
    – Support production of staples and high value crops by repairing small-scale irrigation schemes through community work.
    – Improve nutrition and promote income generation by distributing materials and provide training for the construction of protective plastic tunnels for winter vegetable production.
    – Keep animals healthy and productive by providing mineral mixture, training to produce mineral blocks and material to rehabilitate animal shelters.
  • The four-month long border crisis and the resulting import challenges delayed operations. However, FAO was able to effectively identify alternative local procurement options to meet the needs of its beneficiaries.
  • FAO’s emergency response programme will be successfully handed over to the local government by May 2016, while support from FAO will continue as needed.