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  • Addressing household food security in the context of changing climate and environment International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

    Date: 12 - 21 Aug 2014
    Country: Nepal
    City/State: Kathmandu

    Date: 20 - 28 Nov 2014

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Addressing household food security in the context of changing climate and environment

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)

Type: Training Course Date: 12 - 21 Aug 2014 Location: Nepal (Kathmandu) Venue: Kathmandu

Type: Training Course Date: 20 - 28 Nov 2014 Location:

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, utilization and stability. Participants are to critically analyze 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, utilization and stability of food are adapted and continued by farmer households and the community.

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 fisherfolks;
  3. Described strategies for the active mobilization 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.


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 organizations respond to local needs and eventually synthesize their experiences. IIRR 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.

Course content

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 agro-ecosystem 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 characterized by field visits to key ecosystems and communities to observe and analyze 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 provides participants an overview of participatory approaches that are useful in enhancing and up scaling food security and nutrition projects in consideration of climate change challenges. Participants sharing of experiences in specific participatory tools is encouraged.

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.

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What is included in the event fee

The training fee covers course fee, meals and coffee breaks, double occupancy, accomodation, course-related materials, field and agency visits, and airport transfers. Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR reserves the right to cancel the course 10 days before the course starts if the required quorum is not met. This will be immediately conveyed to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full.

Target Audience

The course is intended for local and international NGO staff, government and extension personnel and researchers and faculty members engaged in food security programs and projects.

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