Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture for Nutrition and Food Security (POSAN-FS)

Practical Action with financial support of the European Union has initiated Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture for Nutrition and Food Security (POSAN FS) project directly targeting 7,000 households including 20 per cent dalit and 50 per cent women from Achham, Bajhang, Bajura and Doti Districts. The project started on 1 April 2014 will last until 31 March 2017.

The overall objective of the action is to contribute to enhance regional food and nutritional security articulated in the periodic and multi sector nutritional plan of the Government of Nepal. The specific objective is to improve food and nutritional security of 7,000 food insecure households in project districts.

The project aims to achieve following impact by the end of project period:

  • At least 7,000 food insecure households, predominately women, dalits and janajatis living in the remote mountain communities, double their income through the increased quality and production of goats, vegetables and spices.
  • Infant mortality is reduced and the nutrition of children under three years of age is improved as a result of access to better quality vegetables, meat and the establishment of farmstead gardens.
  • Farmers are accessing well-coordinated, well managed market chains, through satellite points and collection centres. They are also receiving up-to-date market information services.

The project aims to increase the productivity of the goat and vegetable as well as spice crops. For this, the rural farmers will be facilitated to increase productivity of goat, vegetable and spice crops by enhancing technical knowhow on improved production practices, efficient post-harvest management, water efficient technology, breed technology, and climate resilient agriculture. It will increase access to critical modern inputs like improved breed, feed, improved vet service, agro-vet service, irrigation service and other production input services.

It also targets to develop and strengthen inclusive and and pro-poor value chain to commercialise goat, vegetable and spice crops. There will be improvement in integration of target groups into commercial value chain. For this, the action will analyse existing market system of selected sub-sectors and identify systemic constraints and challenges faced by women, dalits and poor farmers in the existing market system and facilitate to unlock such constraints to make market work for poor, and make value chain development pro-poor and inclusive. The Action adopts Practical Action’s approach of Participatory Market System Development (PMSD) as a foundation for such analysis and intervention design.

The project will also improve the nutritional status of women, children and vulnerable groups through nutritional awareness campaign, homestead gardening, school led nutrition awareness and promotion of neglected but nutritious crops. It will develop and mobilise existing mothers’ groups including Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) as a crusader of nutrition campaign and form village level nutrition club. The nutrition clubs will be mobilised to demonstrate different practices on nutrition like feeding practice, nutrient value of food intake, health and hygiene, and child and pregnant women care.

The local Non-State Actors (NSAs) will be capacitated to constructively engage with local government for sustaining the project outcome. To bring this into action, the local NSA partners will be supported to build their capacity on food and nutritional security plan and programme development through training, orientation, interaction workshop and joint action.

The project will facilitate to develop an enabling environment for food and nutritional security at district level. To bring this into action, joint field assessment, joint learning and verification along with concerned line agencies, local partner and market actors will be carried out. This will help to assess major gaps to enhance food and nutritional security at district level and develop a common understanding on major issues.

POSAN-FS (Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture for Nutrition and Food Security project)

An introduction to Practical Action's project to improve food and nutritional security in the Achham, Bajhang, Bajura and Doti districts of Nepal. In English and Nepali.

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