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Sustainable agriculture for nutrition and food security (POSAN-FS)

Objective: Improving nutrition and food security in the far west of Nepal

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

Location: Achham, Bajhang, Bajura and Doti districts of Nepal
Number of beneficiaries: 7,000 households including 20% dalit and 50% women
Project date: April 2014- March 2017
Partners: Social Empowerment and Building Accessibility Centre (SEBAC) Nepal in Achham and Doti, Saipal Development Society in Bajhang and Bajura
Principal funders: European Union
Funding: £780,000

The far-west is Nepal’s most food insecure region. The challenging geography, lack of infrastructure and poor access to information inhibit development.  Most people depend only on agriculture and migration is a big problem.  

Th objective is to improve food and nutritional security of 7,000 food insecure households in project districts.

The project aims to achieve following impact:

  • 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 have better acces to markets and are receiving up-to-date market information 

The project aims to increase the productivity of goats and vegetables as well as spice crops. This will be achieved through introducing better farming practices,  enhancing technical knowhow, more efficient post-harvest management, water efficient technology, breed technology, and climate resilient agriculture.  The project will increase farmers' access to critical modern inputs like improved breed, feed, improved vet service, agro-vet service, irrigation service and other production input services.

It will also develop and strengthen inclusive and and pro-poor value chains of 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 aims to improve the nutrition of women, children and vulnerable groups through awareness campaigns, 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) in nutrition campaigns and by forming village level nutrition clubs. These clubs will demonstrate different practices on nutrition like feeding practice, nutrient value of food intake, health and hygiene, and the care of children and pregnant women.

Local groups will be help to constructively engage with local government to ensure lasting outcomes for the project. The aim is to develop an enabling environment for food and nutritional security at district level. 

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.

POSAN - Empowering the far west

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 the 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.

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