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The Managing Risks through Economic Development Programme in Nepal

19/03/2018
Keywords: Agricultural sectors, Capacity development, Disaster risk reduction (DRR), Food security, Food Security Cluster (FSC), Good practices, Natural hazards, Nepal, Preparedness, South Asia

The Food Security Cluster (FSC) Preparedness and Resilience Working Group (PRWG) launched a call for good practices on preparedness and resilience-building approaches and activities among its partners.

Mercy Corps explores its "Managing Risk through Economic Development" (M-RED) programme, which aims to utilize existing disaster risk reduction and livelihood approaches to further address climate change implications and related solutions, integrate accountability to communities into the proposed activities, emphasize the role of technology, and build local capacity with partner organizations and communities.

This practice looks at the programme in the Nepalese context. Nepal is both hazard prone and food insecure. Shifting rainfall patterns, increase frequency and severity of natural disasters, including flooding and landslides, indicate clear evidence that climate change exacerbates the vulnerability of the Nepalese population. 25% of the population lives below the poverty line, with higher poverty levels (46%) observed in the Far West, a hilly area prone to flash floods and landslides, inhabited by marginalised groups and ethnic minorities. Poverty and limited livelihood opportunities in rural areas of Nepal force young men to migrate to urban centres and foreign countries, leaving women and children behind. The project contributed to resilience building and poverty reduction while simultaneously reduce the human and economic shocks of natural disasters

The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Mercy Corps and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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