Food Coalition

Inputs from HiHi-FAO Nepal to the corporate umbrella programme for COVID-19 response

In Nepal, the COVID-19 pandemic economic ramifications and socio-economic disruptions are profound. The national economy, predominantly dependent on agriculture and remittances is slowing down, compounding existing problems of unemployment, low- incomes and no or low capital investment in agriculture sectors/projects. The crisis created by the pandemic has further worsened the socio-economic conditions of the rural population whose livelihoods depend on agriculture, more specifically of the small holders, marginalized and vulnerable farming households, agro-based entrepreneurs, and commercial farming groups, and dealers. Nepal is also looking at a severe employment crisis as millions of Nepali who is currently working in foreign lands have returned or waiting to return home after losing jobs as economies around the world go into recession. Thus, there is the big challenge to manage the returnees from India and other countries. In the absence of employment and income generating activities, it is expected that most of these returnees will rely on agriculture to support their livelihoods at least of time till they get opportunity for other employments.

FAO is responding to this urgent situation proactively and is developing a series of measures to mitigate the Covid19 impacts on food security and nutrition and overall agricultural development. A joint FAO-WFP assessment with support from respective regional offices has been launched to understand the full spectrum of the problem and identify key areas for intervention in the short and medium-term period. A part of the immediate relief assistance, reprogramming of the existing project activities has been done and assistance packages comprising of agricultural inputs (seeds, breeds, fertilizer, Agri tools, plant protection inputs along with technological packages etc.) have been prepared to support the small holders, marginalized, and vulnerable farmers in order to enable them to go back to their respective fields so that they can catch up with the immediate rice growing season.

Priority Areas of work: Other
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 10. Reduced Inequality, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Level: Country
Country: Nepal
Budget: USD 350 000 to USD 500 000

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