Cesvi

Intervention in support to gender based agriculture and livestock activities
Project Summary:
Project Title: Intervention in support to gender-based agriculture and livestock activities Cesvi Project Code: PAKE86 Donor: Italian Cooperation Project code: PDW 03 Budget: 250.000 EUR Start date: 27/02/2013 End date : 26/11/2013
Project Background: The project is part of the Emergency Program AID9553 Phase II funded by the Italian Cooperation Office, Italian Embassy in the agriculture/livestock and food security sector. In line with the previous completed program, the present project intends to intervene in the rehabilitation phase of flood affected people for the resumption of their livelihoods, increase in their production for food security and protection of most vulnerable groups with a special focus to the support of income generating activities conducted by females. The intervention also aims at giving continuation to the previous program implemented by Cesvi in the area through a special focus on agriculture and livestock activities traditionally conducted by women within the families. The gender cross-cutting issue is thus becoming the pillar of the intervention, which is aimed at involving females as direct beneficiaries of inputs and training sessions, as well as main actors in the creation of interest groups with the objective of selling agriculture and animal products in the market in order to create income generating activities. Geographic Location:
Province District Tehsil Union Council
KPK Nowshera Nowshera Mohib Banda
      Aman Kot
      Dagai
The UCs have been selected as per Organization background and experience in the area with the previous intervention and the identification has been refined through a rapid assessment conducted through FGDs. The exact locations might vary according to the results of detailed assessment. Estimated number of direct Beneficiaries:  860 Households
Sector Beneficiaries
Agriculture 400
Poultry 230
Livestock 230
tot 860
The project is conducted through a cluster approach were beneficiary households  are  organized in CBOs according to the cluster/mohalla/sub-village unit. General and basic criteria for beneficiary selection are the following: The target group of the action are the most extremely flood affected families with agriculture and livestock activities as main sources of income giving priority to female headed HHs, disable headed HHs, HHs with a high number of children under five years old, pregnant women, HHs with limited income (less than 9,000 PKR per month), agriculture or livestock inputs. Interest groups are made according to the location of the village and the production activity where the HHs has been involved during the project. Objectives: Stimulating income generating opportunities through the strengthening of the agriculture and livestock productive activities traditionally conducted by females. Strategy: The implementation of the project is based on  LRRD approach  "(Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development), that , through post-emergency activities, tries to lay down the foundations for further development interventions. This approach provides a direct involvement of the beneficiaries of the  assistance that ,from simple receptors , become active participants in the development program. The project is divided into 3 components: Agriculture - Livestock- Interest groups creation. The first 2 components aim at supporting the reactivation of livelihood activities through the distribution of agriculture and livestock inputs. The third one is a soft component as cross-cutting all along the project intervention and aims at the creation, through a strong social mobilization, of interest groups made by females with the common target of selling the overproduction in the local market and give the chance to females to develop income generating activities. Activities: 1. Distribution of kitchen gardening kits and trainings on agriculture best practices The activity is designed to give the affected families the best inputs to restart their livelihood with kitchen gardening activities. The kit will include seasonal vegetable seeds, fertilizers and tools for setting up of small green houses. The Agriculture  and the  Livelistock Department were  consulted  for  the  selection of the  seeds in order  to maximize the outcome. The training session were with  a dual strategy: a theoretical part for the transferring modern and best agriculture practices for vegetable growing and how to provide for the next germination of seeds in order to avoid the purchase of seeds season by season; a practical part will be conducted through the CfW modality for the preparation of the land and other activities and will serve also as a small cash injection into the community that will help beneficiaries to cope with other needs. 2. Distribution of poultry kits and milking units for livestock and trainings on livestock management This section was divided into a poultry component and a livestock component. For those families who do not own any livestock (small or big ruminants) or agriculture activities, a distribution of poultry kit was conducted. The poultry kit included 10 hens vaccinated against NDV and IB, 1 cocks vaccinated against NDV and IB,  5 Kg bag poultry feed, water drinker, poultry feeder and medicine kit (vitamin and antibiotic). The livestock component includes the distribution of livestock support kit (milking units) for those families who own livestock already and can benefit from the correct collection and storage of milk, with the ultimate purpose of selling in the market. The training sessions was conducted to the beneficiaries accordingly to the kit they received and they were divided into a theoretical part and a practical part through the CfW modality. The practical activities will be identified in coordination with the communities according to the needs. The practical part also comprised  the construction of proper poultry shelters for the poultry beneficiaries, and for the production of urea molasses blocks for the livestock owners. Urea molasses is a complementary highly nutritious feed that, give as complement to livestock compound feed, helps increasing the production of milk and improving the quality. 3. Awareness campaign on income generating opportunities and interest groups formation This component has been designed in order to give the project a long term perspective as the beneficiaries will be involved in the creation of female networks and interest groups, closely related to their production activities. This is firstly to favor the exchange of information and best practices and the awareness rising on the possibilities of an increased and better production that can lead to a surplus that can be sold in the market for earning. Strong accent has  been given on the social mobilization at the beginning of the projects well as all along the project implementation, in order to explain females the best tools to turn their domestic livelihood activities into income generating opportunities. The mobilization on the females, with the necessary inclusion of male parts of the community for their acceptance, is fundamental in order for them to understand and accept the strategy suggested and the project objectives and for the conduction of activities in a smooth way. At the end of the training and mobilization process, farmers’ societies at village level will be created. The inclusion of the Department of Agriculture  has  been an important factor that will be considered in order to create links between the beneficiaries and the extension services present in the territory. A strong coordination with the livestock department, developed in the previous intervention (Phase I of the program) will be continued and used for the technical assistance in the livestock component of the project. Additional training for all beneficiaries  has  been conducted on basic nutrition principles, which will complement the best practices training related to the 2 project components above.

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