Our livelihoods work combines with our healthcare and education work to increase the availability of nutritious food, reduce malnutrition (particularly in children) and create economic stability for farmers all year round.
Despite advances in economic growth and agricultural productivity, food security in Nepal remains a major problem, leading to high levels of malnutrition across the country.
have an insufficient food supply (UN 2018)
Farming is the main livelihood activity for 66% of people in Nepal and is crucial for remote rural communities. Being able to grow good yields of nutritious food enables farmers to feed their families well and increase economic independence by selling to others.
This work contributes to food sovereignty, a worldwide movement to empower and build the capacity of small-scale producers to have more control over the way they grow and sell food. PHASE aims to develop farming practices in Nepal through an emphasis on sustainable methods, increasing awareness of environmental problems in the villages we work in.
Our livelihoods work contributes towards the Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, aiming to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people, especially children, have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round.
PHASE supports farmers in a range of ways, including supporting communities to hold regular farmers’ meetings and we deliver specific training and support on farming equipment and growing methods. For example, farmers can receive support to build polytunnels, set up irrigation systems and other commercial farming processes. Alongside this, training is delivered on selecting quality seeds, seasonal vegetable growing and livestock rearing.
rely on local agriculture for their consumption (UN 2018)
Access to sustainable livelihoods enables communities to access opportunities for themselves and their families, whilst reducing malnutrition and improving health. Our livelihoods programmes have a particular emphasis on training female farmers, which enables them have an increased role in household decision making, and improve quality of life for their families.
Jayakala Karki is a farmer from Jima, in the Far West of Nepal. Before the project started, the Karki family only grew enough crops and vegetables to support their family for three months of the year.
Upon joining the farmers group, Jayakala received training in techniques to make nursery beds, planting saplings, making homemade manure and organic pesticide, harvesting and earning potential by selling the product. Technicians were able to visit her land and give advice on the best way to treat and maintain the soil. They were also able to help her build a polytunnel.
After the training, Jayakala began to grow lots of leafy, nutritious vegetables, tomatoes and cucumber in her polytunnel. Finally achieving a good yield from the small piece of land, her family was able to eat plenty of nutritious vegetables throughout the year. In addition to this, Jayakala has been able to sell the surplus yield, earning money to be able to send her children to school with the correct equipment they needed. Our support given to the Karki family highlights how our livelihood work interconnects with health and education work, striving to provide a better quality of life for families marginalized by a lack of support.
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