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TaiwanICDF assists Nepal to recover from earthquake

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The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and CARE Nepal cooperated to implement two one-year projects in Gorkha District, Nepal, following the earthquakes of 2015. Through these two projects, the TaiwanICDF has assisted over 3,000 earthquake-affected households to recover their food security and improve livelihood, and to increase their income.

Nepal was hit by successive earthquakes in April and May 2015, which had a massive impact on the food security and livelihoods of affected communities where agriculture and livestock are the main sources of livelihoods, with Gorkha District among one of the most affected regions. The TaiwanICDF launched the Gorkha Food Security and Livelihoods Support Project from December 2015 to November 2016, helping to assist 1,350 households to meet their urgent and mid-term needs of food security and livelihoods. Based on the achievements of this project, the TaiwanICDF implemented the second phase Gorkha Food Security and Livelihood Enhancement Project in December 2016, expanding its reach to 1,800 households. In addition to continuing to provide support to the local agriculture and livestock industry, this second phase also sought to enhance the development of micro-entrepreneurship in the communities. For the first time in the project, TaiwanICDF deployed an agricultural consultant with a volunteer to participate in the project, which further deepened our involvement with CARE Nepal and the local people.

The TaiwanICDF also deployed a team to supervise the implementation before project completion. The team found that the project has helped beneficiaries to adopt home gardens as a stable source of fruit and vegetables, and the new irrigation schemes have facilitated their access to water for agricultural production. Moreover, the use of labor-saving machines has helped households to increase productivity, and agro-products sold through the collection centers have raised their incomes. Furthermore, households that received micro-entrepreneurship support also improved their production efficiency and income. Interviews with a dozen households indicated that their income has increased by an estimated three to seven times compared to before.

Incorporating livelihoods into the food security sector has become mainstream in international humanitarian assistance. The TaiwanICDF has stepped up to make efforts to adopt this means through these two projects, assisting Nepal to recover and rebuild, and drawing spotlight to Taiwan’s role as a provider of international humanitarian aid and enhancing the nation’s image.

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Founded in 1945, CARE International works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. CARE puts women and girls in the centre because poverty cannot be overcome unless all people have equal rights and opportunities. Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries around the world to assist more than 80 million people improve basic health and education, fight hunger, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, confront climate change, and recover from disasters. To learn more, visit http://www.care.org/.