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Addressing Household Food Security in the Context of Changing Climate and Environment

Kathmandu, Nepal
Dulce Dominguez
This course is jointly designed and organised by IIRR, WHH and RRN with special focus on national and international participants and South Asian country participants. The course is designed to provide a general understanding on emerging issues, challenges and opportunities with regards to global, regional, national, community and household food security issues and impacts. The course focuses on the four dimensions of food security namely: availability, access, utilisation and stability. Participants are to critically analyse the challenges of climate change on food security including the identification of adaptation and mitigation measures to address this. They also learn how to strengthen and sustain food security projects to ensure that efforts to improve access, availability, utilisation and stability of food are adapted and continued by farmer households and the community.
 
Methodologies
 
The roving workshop exposes participants to approaches in a range of ecosystems: rain fed/irrigated rice based systems, community forestry, and freshwater systems. At each
location, participants will do community level assessments, study how local communities and local organisations respond to local needs and eventually synthesise their experiences. IIRR and RRN facilitators provide critical technical inputs of food, nutrition and climate change dimension at each specific ecosystem. A participatory
training approach is used where both facilitators and participants share their knowledge and experiences in the field.
 
Target Participants
 
1. Local and international NGO program/project managers and staff
2. Government and extension personnel
3. Facilitators, trainers, resource persons, coaches/mentors
 
Course Objectives
 
By the end of the course, the participants shall have:
 
1. Articulated the working concepts, principles, tools and interventions on food security;
 
2. Increased awareness on global, national and local food issues affecting forest dwellers, smallholder farmers and fisher folks;
 
3. Described strategies for the active mobilisation of food security stakeholders;
 
4. Identified best practices to strengthen and sustain food security projects; and
 
5. Developed an action plan to improve current food security efforts or introduce new initiatives on food security.
 
Module 1. Understanding the concept of Food Security and Climate Change
 
This module provides an overall understanding of global issues and its interconnections with food security, climate change and disaster risk. It defines food security concepts
and explores the effects of food insecurity on a country’s poverty level and nutritional status. Participants are introduced to the concept of ecosystem resiliency and agroecosystem analysis as a useful tool for planning and implementing food security projects. An in-depth discussion on social & institutional issues will highlight the important role that institutions play in food security including the importance of collective action and property rights in addressing issues of food insecurity
 
Module 2: Managing Challenges in Food Security
 
This module is a two-part activity. The first part discusses the conceptual frameworks for understanding the interplay of local environment and food security considerations such as local socio-cultural, gender and institutional contexts in human nutrition and overall development. An overview of ecosystems and landscape based approaches to food security and livelihood is also provided. The second part is characterised by field visits to key ecosystems and communities to observe and analyse various food security
considerations using participatory approaches. Guided discussions are conducted after every visit for the purpose of surfacing learnings and observations.
 
Module 3: Strengthening and Sustaining Food Security Projects
 
This module will allow participants to discuss their own ideas on how to strengthen and sustain food security projects and come up with possible innovations on programs that can improve nutrition and individual access to food. This module will also touch on improving farmer access to markets and linking agricultural development strategies to address the needs of the rural poor.
 
Module 4. Action Planning
 
Participants are to prepare an action plan identifying food security programs/activities taking into account their national or community’s food security context to strengthen
people’s resilience in coping with threats to food security. Climate change adaptation and mitigation measures are to be integrated in the action plan.
 
When and where
 
The training will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 20 to 28 November 2014 with a field visit. Participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. A field visit of rural and urban environments enriches the participants’ learning experience.
 
Course Fees and Related Terms
 
The course fee of US$1800 (international participants) and US$ 1000 (Nepalese participants) includes course-related materials, field and agency visits, airport transfers, twin sharing occupancy accommodation, field and agency visits, and airport transfers. Fees do not include international airfares, laundry, and incidental expenses. A minimum pocket allowance of US$100 per week is suggested for incidental and personal expenses. Food includes three full meals and two coffee breaks. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organisations or donor agencies.
 
IIRR/WHH/RRN reserves the right to cancel the course 10 days before its schedule if the required quorum is not met. This will be immediately conveyed to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.
 
For more information and to receive an application form, contact:
 
Dulce Dominguez, IIRR
Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org
 
Sunam Thapa, Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
Charles Pradhan, Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 977-01-4004976, 4004988
Fax:977-01-4004508
E-mail: Charles@rrn.org.np, sunam@rrn.org.np
 
Deadline for application: 20 October, 2014
Deadline for payment: 31 October, 2014
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