Food Security Initiative (FSI) in Nepal

PROJECT LOCATION Humla, Mugu, Rolpa, Rukum and Banke
PROFESSIONAL STAFF 9
OTHER STAFF 3
NAME OF CLIENT/DONOR IDE via EuropeAid/EC
NO. OF PROFESSIONAL MAN MONTHS 135
NO. OF OTHER MAN MONTHS 54
START DATE (Month/Year) January 2010
COMPLETION DATE (Month/Year) September 2011
APPROX. VALUE OF SERVICES 127,000 Euro
NAME OF ASSOCIATION FIRM, IF ANY:  
NO. OF MAN-MONTHS OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROVIDED BY ASSOCIATED FIRM: Not Applicable

NAME OF SENIOR STAFF

Mr. Ghana Shyam Giri Regional/Seed Specialist is responsible for the implementation, supervision and monitoring of the project activities.

NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

    A holistic program to address the overall objective to reduce the vulnerability of targeted families and their children to soaring food prices and food insecurity in Mid Western Nepal. In the target area, the combination of soaring food prices and the world economic downturn which has resulted in food shortages, skipping meals, consumption of seed stocks, taking children out of school to work, and an increased level of out migration of male household members to find food and income, leaving at home families stressed and undernourished. The program targets selected Village Development Committees (VDCs) in five most affected districts covering mountain, mid-hills, and Terai (plains) to respond to the range of climatic and socio-economic conditions under which food insecure households (HH) live.

    Likewise, the specific objective is to ensure an increase in food production and alternative sources of income and improved nutrition for children and their families for the future. To achieve the objective, CEAPRED will play major role in the “Seed Sub-sector development through improvement of seed production and storage” in all districts.

    However the objective of CEAPRED in this project is to develop Seed Sub sector through improvement of seed production and storage.

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Identify and select required HHs and form required groups for seed program out of the targeted farmer groups from the Project district on technical trainings such as seed production, quality standards and on other aspects of capacity building.
  • Under the Seed Multiplication component, conduct Mother Baby trials, Participatory varietal selection activities and HYV introduction in the HHs at the field level.
  • Ensure that the farmers practice safe processing and storage of seeds in the demonstration of improved seed storage structures and distribution of storage bins.
  • Develop the supply chain network of seed distribution channel by establishing marketing channels for seed distribution.
  • Conduct trainings to develop service providers.
  • Organize farmers’ visits and other relevant exposures.
  • Support the partner NGOs on their agriculture programs and provide necessary inputs for production technology.
  • Assist in coordinating with governmental and international agencies such as CIMMYT and IRRI and with other seed related projects in Nepal for building synergy in the project.