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Nepal Agriculture and Food Security Project (AFSP)

$46.5 million to enhance food and nutritional security in the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

Challenge

In the Mid- and Far- West regions of Nepal, 37% of people are below the poverty line compared to the national average of 25.16%, yields of major crops are typically 25% below the national average, and consumption of animal products, such as meat and eggs, is among the lowest in the world.  Chronic maternal and child malnutrition is a serious problem, with malnutrition and stunting affecting about half of the nation’s children. The prevalence of hunger is also the highest in the South Asia region – in these remote areas, food availability and access is largely dependent on local production, yet productivity is one of the lowest in the region and barely enough to meet needs. Natural disasters, often triggered by extreme weather events, significantly impact agricultural productivity and livelihoods. 

Solution

The Nepal Agriculture and Food Security Project (AFSP) focuses on enhancing food and nutrition security of vulnerable communities in the Mid-Western and Far-Western regions of Nepal by increasing food availability and the productivity of crops and livestock.  It provides small infrastructure support, access to locally appropriate technologies, and improved control of diseases and pests.  It also supports efforts to identify new and improved technologies – crop varieties, livestock breeds, seeds/saplings, and management practices. By increasing productivity, GAFSP funding contributes to increasing food availability and household incomes.  
The project also works to improve nutrition security through better feeding practices and access to nutritious food, improved dietary intake, promotion of diversified diets, and better feeding and caring practices for pregnant and nursing women and children up to two years of age. AFSP supports specific nutrition activities to promote behavior change through community-based nutrition programs, such as educational activities that cover the source and value of nutritious food, proper utilization of available foods, the importance of sanitation, and the value of appropriate feeding practices for young children, including breast feeding infants. It also supports nutrition-sensitive agricultural activities, including the generation and adaptation of technology to increase yields and production intensities of nutritious crops and fish for farmers.

Additional financing to will support the Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture (FANSA) project to enhance the food and nutrition security of poor and vulnerable households by improving agriculture productivity and increasing resilience of farming households.
 

Country

Nepal

Funding

Public

Focus area

  • Gender
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

World Bank
gender

113,138 poor people have benefited, surpassing the end target of reaching 112,000 people. Approximately 104,000 women have benefited from the project, Surpassing the end target of impacting around 70,000 women.

nutrition

100% of women were supported under nutrition interventions. The project has organized a series of activities to promote an increase in the production and consumption of vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables and animal protein, especially targeting pregnant and nursing women.

seeds

67,882 farmers have adopted technologies being promoted by the project. A number of activities have been implemented including the development of 20 improved crop management technologies for maize (resulting in an increase in production by 36%), paddy (26% increase), potato (36% increase) and wheat (31% increase). Approximately 15 crop varieties were developed to increase productivity, of which four were drought-tolerant and two cold-tolerant varieties of paddy.

Work with Us

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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