Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture (FANSA)$22.7 million to enhance the food and nutrition security of poor and vulnerable households by improving agriculture productivity and increasing resilience of farming households.
Nepal’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture, which accounts for about one-third of GDP and employs two-thirds of the population. It is a major source of livelihood for approximately 75% of Nepalis, particularly in rural areas where there are large numbers of marginalized and disadvantaged people, and where poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition have the highest instances. In the selected 14 project districts, it is estimated that 40-60% of the population is unable to meet the minimum daily caloric intake. The sector is characterized by smallholder, traditional and substance farming, however farmers typically have limited use of improved livestock, seeds, crop varieties or modern practices, poor irrigation systems, and high instances to pest and disease, high risk of natural disasters like flood and draught.
The Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture (FANSA) project will improve agriculture productivity and increase resilience of farming households, their income, and nutrition practices. It will use holistic approaches to improve the food and nutritional situation and productive, income generating and social reproduction capacities of farming household members, women and men, by promoting resilience, sustainable production and commercial viability as well as availability and access to a diverse variety of food focusing on diversified food production, equitable distribution, affordable access, and nutrition awareness.
The project will improve the lives of 136,500 small and marginal farmers belonging to earthquake affected, acute food secure, disadvantages, marginalized and women-headed households. This includes crop and fishery farmers, livestock farmers, entrepreneur farmers and golden 1000-days women. It is expected 60% of all people impacted by the project will be women.