Nepal’s Farmers at Risk of Food Insecurity

Nepal’s Farmers at Risk of Food InsecurityNepal’s Farmers at Risk of Food Insecurity

Nearly $20 million is urgently needed to support farmers in earthquake-hit Nepal resume agricultural activities and stave off the threat of prolonged food insecurity facing an estimated one million people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

To date, only 13% has been received of the $23.4 million in emergency agricultural assistance which FAO estimates is required, as part of the revised UN Flash Appeal for Nepal. Two separate earthquakes and a series of aftershocks struck in April and May killing more than 8,000 people and devastating large parts of the country. The disaster has also heavily disrupted agricultural activities threatening the livelihoods of rural families.

A FAO-led Agricultural Livelihood Impact Appraisal found that in Nepal’s six hardest-hit districts, half of all farming households lost nearly all of their stored crops of rice, maize, wheat and millet.