ETSC-Nepal’s Securing food for the poor program aims to reduce the vulnerability of marginalized and disadvantaged communities to ensure food security and sustain livelihoods with increased production and incomes through improved natural resource management, skills enhancement and access to appropriate technologies and resources. Interventions focus on;
- Capacity development through networking and skill enhancement training
- Developing linkages with the government and non-government organizations' to help access
Resources for both self food production and income generation.
As we have been working in Makwanpur district to address the issues of HIV/AIDSand human trafficking prevention program. But during these past years we've learnt that the lack of focused program for income generation many people have been trafficked and put into difficult situation even to death. Though there is awareness program but people lacks education, skill and income generation option. Average house hold produces food for 3-5 months only, numbers of households are landless. Soaring food prices, unequal land distribution, traditional farming system, lack of appropriate inputs and credit on right time and micro-climatic adversities perpetuated by climate change are a threat to food security for the poor people of Makwanpur and in Nepal. Thirty-one per cent of people in Nepal are living below the poverty line and are struggling to secure year round food supply to sustain their lives and livelihoods. Lack of improved agricultural knowledge including skills on crop diversification, food production and management has been a prolonged challenge for the poor communities.
Relief Seed Distribution: Nepal has 2/3 Part of hilly region, with its 82.8% population are dependent on agriculture using traditional livestock and farming system. In 2002 AD. The Makwanpur district and some other district was hited by flood and land sliding (Where the ETSCN office also is located) at the time more then 600 families were lost their land and lives in 5 VDC’S. And again the year of 2004 monsoon rain caused heavy flood and land slide in 19 VCD areas resulted 1024 families become homeless and badly effected. And the year of 2005 farmer faced dry monsoon in the time of sowing and there were little or no harvesting caused no rainfall. In such a dire situation, the relief seed project has been carried by ETSCN with the financial assistance of MCC.USA to 200 farmers of Makwanpur district to increased food security.