Christian NGO launches food security project
The project is funded by the European Union and DanChurchAid, a Danish Humanitarian NGO active in the region for 30 years.
A five-year regional project to improve food and nutrition security in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar was launched in Kathmandu last week by Minister for Agriculture Development of the government of Nepal, Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti.
The project ‘Improving Food Security Governance in South & South East Asia through strengthened participation of organizations of marginalized farmers’ is funded by the European Union and DanChurchAid, a Danish Humanitarian NGO active in the region for 30 years.
The project aims to increase the participation of small and marginal farmer organisations in decision-making processes linked to food and nutrition security in the four countries and will be implemented by a consortium of 13 partner NGOs in the area.
“South Asia and Southeast Asia have enough natural resources to feed its population; however growing hunger and food insecurity among small and marginal farmers remain a chronic phenomenon. Studies reveal that India’s poor mostly belonging to excluded communities carry about one-third to one-fourth of the global burden of food insecurity,” said a press release from DanChurchAid South Asia Regional Office in Delhi.
Surendra Thapa, Regional Programme Officer of DanChurchAid, said that his organisation has been working for long in food security issues in the region, especially in India. “Our partners have put in years of lobbying and advocacy to get the food security bill passed in India. One of the objectives of this project is to share this experience in the region.”
With an overall budget of 1.95 million Euros, the project targets marginal farmers’ organisations, including rural artisans and daily wagers. It will reach out to over a million community members and will directly benefit around 97,000 farmers who are organised into 1,877 farmer groups.
Source: DanChurchAid website