Livelihood Agriculture and Food Security
Projects under thematic area:
- Smallholder Adaptive Farming & Biodiversity Network (SAFBIN)
2.Smallholder Adaptive Farming: Improving farmer’s resilience, livelihood & food security
3. Food & nutrition support for 300 families
Project 1. Smallholder Adaptive Farming & Biodiversity Network - SAFBIN
The overall concept of SAFBIN is around empowering the smallholder communities to maximize the use of available resources in an efficient and effective manner in order to address their development challenges. The Program implementation started in April 2018 in 20 villages of Sargodha and Khushab districts. Although the primary focus of SAFBIN is to contribute to SDG 2 “Zero hunger”, the expected outcomes are also addressing a number of additional SDGs SDG1 “No poverty”, SDG 5 “Gender equality”, SDG10 “Reduced inequalities”, SDG12 “Responsible consumption and production”, SDG13 “Climate action”, SDG15 “Life on land” and SDG17 “Partnerships for the goals”. Below is a highlight of major activities implemented under SAFBIN during Jan-June 2021: –
LFA quarterly monitoring data collection: Village Resource Persons (VRPs) collected quarterly data for the quarters Jan-March and April-June from 20 villages of SAFBIN program in. The main components of data included farmer farm profile; farm entitlement and institutional access; farming system (farm connections, production, income and biodiversity); climate change adaptation; nutrition; and food consumption. This data helps in measuring progress against project outputs.
10 Capacity building sessions on cultivation of medicinal plants
300 Medicinal plants distributed to farmers (Moringa, aloe vera, basil, lavender etc.)
320 Awareness on crop intensification & animal nutrition
30% of 320 farmers received Farmer cards
288 Egg laying hens were distributed among 24 farmer households
20 Capacity building sessions on crop intensification & animal nutrition were organized
240 Farmers interviewed for LFA monitoring data
Project 2. Smallholder Adaptive Farming: Improving farmer’s resilience, livelihood & food security
* Ahsan Raza Goth, Gadap Town & Yaqoob Farm (Karachi)
* Sai kay Hussain kay, District Chiniot-Punjab province
* Bonnie Abad, District Toba-Tek-Singh (Punjab)
* Bhambowali, district Gujranwala-Punjab
* Village Khahkhow, UC Sehnwar, District Hyderabad
* Killi Jatt, district Sibi (Balochistan province )
This project has been designed to promote adaptive farming and implement some sustainable initiatives. The main focus of the project is small farmers/tenants, and farm workers, which equally work in agriculture, sector with their families. The project intends to improve food and nutritional security of small farmers. The beneficiaries are provided with technical support and agriculture inputs for their empowerment
Community meetings & formation of smallholder farmer collectives: Community meetings were held to orientate local communities about project and role of smallholder farmer collectives (SHFCs). The social mobilizers in the respective villages formed three SHFCs.
Awareness sessions on best practices for livestock management: Two Awareness sessions on best livestock management practices followed by vaccination/ deworming camps were organized at Ahsan Raza Goth, Gadap Town & Yaqoob Farm (Karachi) dated 22-23 April 1172 livestock was vaccinated; while 375 goats, sheep, and cows were treated.
Project 3: Food and Nutrition support for 300 Catholic Families
• Godhra Camp area of St. Michael’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Karachi
• Jaranwala Parish, Diocese of Faisalabad
• Tiba Kamalpur, Diocese of Faisalabad
Caritas Pakistan completed distribution of food and nutrition baskets to 300 poor families during April-June 2021 residing in the above parishes. The members of the Community Development Committees arranged place for distributions; helped Caritas team in identifying and selecting names of needy families for distribution of food/nutrition packages among them. The volunteers helped Caritas team by unloading the packages and distributing s per procedure. The local parishes extended their full support and co-operation in selecting areas, organizing communities and maintaining social distancing.