Food Security through improved and sustainable agricultural and natural resource management

About the project:

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Farmers work in their green houses which were provided through project support. Photo Sonam Tsoki Tenzin © UNDP Bhutan

Farmers in Bhutan thrive mainly on sustaining their livelihoods through small and scattered land holdings of less than one hectare on average. Despite the absence of widespread hunger in the country, there are certain districts that experience transient food insecurity and seasonal hunger.

Household food security is linked to low food production and weak agricultural productivity, limited access to land and other productive assets, extensive crop destruction by wildlife and pests, lack of alternative rural employment, farm labour shortage, poor food utilization and weak access to road and transport infrastructure.

The project aims to address food insecurity by enhancing agricultural procedures and improving crop yield (especially vegetable production) by promoting water saving technologies. In addition the project also supports the formation of famers groups and cooperatives and enhance the capacity of the existing farmers' groups/cooperatives.  

Project outline

The Project aims to address food insecurity by enhancing capacity farmers, supporting interventions to improved crop yield, promoting water saving technologies and the formation of famers groups and cooperatives and enhance the capacity the existing farmers' groups/cooperatives.

  • Opportunities for generation of income and employment increased in targeted poor areas. 
  • National capacity for environmental sustainability and disaster management strengthened. 
  • Capacity of small farmers enhanced through formation of self-help groups and cooperatives in targeted gewogs.
  • Sustainable land management, biodiversity conservation, and utilization of natural resources promoted/strengthened

Funding:



2013
Donor Amount USD
UNDP
$ 120, 490
Overview
Status
Active
Duration
2008-2013
Project Start Date
January 2008
Project End Date
December 2013
Geographic Coverage
Nationwide
Focus Area
Poverty Reduction
MDG
MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development
UNDP Focal Point
Mr. Jigme Dorji
Head, Poverty Unit
UNDP Thimphu
Implementing Partner
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Development partners
UNDP
Related Documents
Project Document

Annual Work Plan food security through improved and sustainable agricultural and natural resource management