Strengthening capacities for disaster preparedness and climate risk management in the Nepalese agricultural sector
Leading Organization:Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:FAO, Ministry of Agriculture (Nepal)
Nepal is one of the global “hot spots” countries for natural disasters. The country is prone to variety of recurring natural disasters such as floods, drought, land slides, hailstorms, snow avalanches, Glacial Lake Outbursts (GLOF), hot and cold waves and pest and disease epidemics. The poor and marginalised groups of people residing in the rural areas are usually hit hardest by these natural calamities. Agriculture which is Nepal’s principal economic sector, employing 80 percent of the population is highly exposed to natural disasters. Although the Government of Nepal has constantly responded to climate risk impacts, a shift from reactive emergency response to proactive disaster risk management initiative is crucially needed to save agricultural livelihoods. This shift is currently under way, led by the Ministry of Home Affairs and requests strong cross-sectoral involvement and responsibilities from line agencies including the Department of Agriculture.
Since April of 2008, FAO along with other local partners have been assisting the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) in testing and operationalizing the shift from a reactive emergency response approach towards a pro-active natural hazard risk prevention/preparedness approach in the agricultural sector.
It is also helping local authorities to increase awareness and resilience needed to address increasing climate variability and change through prioritised climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness practices.
Enhancing technical capacity within DoA for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Agriculture
Strengthening basic support services for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Agriculture sector in two selected pilot districts
Demonstration of prioritized location specific technologies for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) within the agriculture sector through a participatory learning by doing process at district and community levels.
Economic impact analysis of adaptation interventions, lessons learned and policy implications
Primary Beneficiaries:Ministry of Agriculture