Kathmandu, Mar. 14
The European Union (EU) will provided a grant assistance of EUR four million (approximately Rs. 420 million) to institutionalise the Nepal Food Security Monitoring Analysis System, popularly known as Nepal Khadya Surakshya Anugaman Pranali (NeKSAP), and to gradually hand it over to the Government of Nepal.
This assistance will be utilised for implementing capacity development activities in the areas of food security over a period of four years. This is the second phase of funding provided by the EU to develop the NeKSAP, according to the EU Delegation to Nepal.
Dr. Alexander Spachis, EU Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Nepal, and Nicole Menage, WFP Nepal’s Country Representative, signed an agreement to this effect on behalf of their respective organisations amidst a function organised at the EU Delegation to Nepal office in the Capital on Wednesday.
Speaking at the function, Dr. Spachis said that the EU has prioritised food security as a key area for poverty reduction and economic development across the developing world. "We believe this programmes will strengthen the government’s capacity to understand the many facets of food insecurity in Nepal and to formulate and implement appropriate evidence-based policies and programmes."
He further said that the grant provided to WFP would be instrumental to develop the capacities at the field level to monitor food security trends and developments.
He said that the EU was committed to continuing to support the Government of Nepal for sustainable food security and nutrition.
He said that the climate change, natural disasters and other factors were responsible for creating a condition of food deficit across the world.
Expressing his view, Menage said that his organisation was grateful to the EU for such a generous assistance. "This will play an important part in embedding this comprehensive food security monitoring system within the government structure," she said.
She hoped that the EU assistance would be more fruitful for enhancing the capacities for the food security monitoring analysis system.
Vijoy Kumar Mallick, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC), thanked the EU for supporting the NeKSAP at a time when food security has been a prime concern of Nepal.
He said that the assistance would help in motivating the government to launch various programmes focusing on food security and nutrition.
Established in 2002, the NeKSAP is currently managed by the WFP in collaboration with the MoAC.
The District Food Security Networks (DFSNs) form the core of the NeKSAP and are established in 72 districts of the country. They are composed of officials and representatives from district-based government agencies, local and international NGOs and civil society.