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LIVELIHOOD AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY (LAFS)

Livelihood Agriculture and Food Security program is one of the major thematic areas of Caritas Pakistan. Under this project, Smallholder Adaptive Farming & Biodiversity Network (SAFBIN) Program is implemented in 20 villages of Sargodha and Khushab districts in close coordination with community partners, government agriculture departments and research partner. SAFBIN is focused around six project outcomes i.e. 1. Doubling farm production and income; 2.Access to balanced diet; 3. Control over land and access to entitlements; 4. Resilience to climate change; 5. Multi-level co-operation and partnership; and 6. Sustainable food production and consumption of small farm agri foods.

  • 1. What is SAFBIN

    SAFBIN is a regional programme to promote local food and nutritional security through adaptive small-scale farming in four rain-fed Agro Ecosystems (AES) in South Asia. The overarching goal of the program is to contribute to SDG2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

    What does Adaptive Farming mean?

    · Understanding the local environment and agro-ecology

    · Identification of the problems of climate variability and change

    · Identification of the locally feasible and acceptable solutions

    · Testing of the solutions to identify the best results

    · Proactive action (precautionary) to overcome the problems

    · Mutual sharing and learning

    Where is SAFBIN located in Pakistan?

  • 2. SUMMARY

    SAFBIN Program in Pakistan is implemented in 20 villages of district Sargodha and Khushab districts in close coordination with community partners, government agriculture departments and research partner. SAFBIN is focused around six project outcomes i.e. 1. Doubling farm production and income; 2.Access to balanced diet; 3. Control over land and access to entitlements; 4. Resilience to climate change; 5. Multi-level co-operation and partnership; and 6. Sustainable food production and consumption of small farm agri foods.

    In Pakistan during year I, activities were organized around all outcomes except outcome 6 pertaining to sustainable food production and consumption of small-farm-agri-foods for urban middle class consumers. However much of the work was done around outcome1 (doubling farm production and income), outcome 2 (Access to balanced diet), outcome 3 (control over land and access to entitlements) and outcome 4 (resilience to climate change).

    Main activities carried out during the first year (1st April 2018-31 March 2019) included PRA and baseline orientation training; PRA exercise in the villages; focused group discussions; household survey; launching of SAFBIN program at country/district/village level; capacity building sessions on recycling of farm products; PRA and household data cleaning; distribution of seed for wheat, canola, gram, fodder, and vegetables; formation of district forums; meetings of district forums; distribution of material for cowshed; linkage building with agriculture extension and livestock departments at district level; mapping of available entitlements; meetings with research partner; honey bee training to farmers and distribution of honeybee boxes etc. The number of community partners reached till March 31st2019 is 7095 including farmers, school children and women. About 25% of the total community partners are women.

    Some considerable impacts like promotion of local seed varieties, good relation building and networking between farmers and agriculture line departments, and sharing of indigenous practices among farmers were observed during the project period.

  • 3. KEY STRATEGY OF SAFBIN

    According to the programme strategy, there will be two major “entry points”:

    (a) empowering smallholder farmer to individually and collectively address the issues at household level and

    (b) improving the environment of smallholder farmers around policy, research, extension and market relations.

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