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FOOD FOR WORK PROGRAMME

 
100 METRIC TONNES OF FOOD DIRECTLY PLACED IN THE HANDS OF WOMEN WHO TAKE A LEAD ROLE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
 

UPFBH and the World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in AJK on 1st May 2007.  The two organizations are working as partners in Union Council (UC) Leepa and Union Council (UC) Bana Mula.  They are focusing on four villages within these two UCs.  These include Loubran and Mauji in UC Bana Mula and Leepa and Kisar Kot in UC Leepa. The total population of UC Leepa is 12000 and UC Bana Mula is 18000.  In Village Leepa there are 500 households and a total population of 3000. In Village Kisar Kot there are 240 households and a population of 1500. 

 

In Village Loubran there are approximately 700 households and a total population of 3200. In Village Mauji there are 800 households and a total population of 4000.
This project therefore reaches out to approximately a total of 2240 households and 11700 persons.
Union Council Banamulla
Village - Loubran

House perched at the edge of the cliff that expereinces soil erosion and mud slides after heavy downpour. A protection wall is vital to avoid further erosion.
 
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The Earthquake in October 2005 affected both these UCs and resulted in loss of life and damage to infrastructure.  A needs-assessment carried out by UPFBH established the urgent requirements of the locals.  These include:
  • Repair/reconstruction of damaged and collapsed protection walls, building reduces if not eliminates the threat of further soil erosion
  • Repair work required on various narrow, steep, cracked sections of the bridal path/walkways making navigation difficult
  • Repair of cracked water tanks creating an acute shortage of potable water and demolition/reconstruction of those tanks not considered safe, with more sturdy earthquake resistant tanks
  • Repair of cracked and damaged water irrigation channels which is resulting in water diversion to prime agricultural land, washing top soil and rendering the land uncultivable. Reinforcement of embankments diverts rainwater away from where people are living
  • Repair work on field terrace embankment which was lost either to landslides, heavy water logging due to broken protection walls and heavy downpour
  • Repair/reconstruction of damaged/collapsed animal shelters

UPFBH in conjunction with WFP, identify Community Based Food For Work (FFW) and Food For Training ( FFT) activities, organize the community, establish  a community based distribution system providing estimates of the proposed number of beneficiaries.
Based on the needs-assessment the MOU determines following scope of activities which will be:

  • Land Preparation for Kitchen Gardening and Other Agriculture Crop Production
  • Kitchen Gardening
  • Irrigation Channels for Agriculture Production
  • Mini Water Reservoirs-Irrigation Water Resource Points
  • Block Manufacturing
  • Fruit and Forest Nursery Development
  • Skills Development Trainings for Asset Creation and Income Generation
  • Other Micro-enterprise Development Activities (Candle-Making, Pickle-Making etc)

100 Metric Tonnes of following Commodities provided in a month to the beneficiaries, whereby food is directly placed in the hands of the Women who take a lead role in the management of the Food
Distribution. This commitment to Women and Gender Equality is a priority throughout the execution.

 
84.078 MT Fortified Wheat Flour
9.342 MT Pulses
5.605 MT Edible Oil
0.934 MT Iodized Salt
99.959 TOTAL
 

Targeted Local Communities are also issued following Non-Food Items:

  • Block making Machines          
  • Green Houses
  • Agricultural Tools

UPFBH held extensive meetings with the community organizations and leaders before the start of this project.  They fully welcome and support this project and want to volunteer their time, pooling in their resources to help with the implementation.  Although the earthquake occurred almost two years ago but this is the first time that any assistance is provided to them for this particular kind of work. 

Qualified Civil Engineers are directly involved in coordinating re-construction efforts, the knowledge imparted by such experts proves handy for locals who can appropriately redress any future devastation.

Through this project UPFBH/WFP is introducing innovative types of skills and methods to the locals. Kitchen gardens and micro development activities are both new concepts in that area and the locals are not yet aware of the long term benefits of these, introduction of which is improving the overall picture in such remote regions of Kashmir.

The summer months are the most appropriate time to commence repair work between May to October when roads and arteries are accessible as road access is restricted during the winter and only after the snow melts in March can the heavy trucks make their way to these areas. The repair work is on.

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