Ongoing Projects

Promoting Food and Water Security through Climate Change Adaptation in Rain fed Areas

Funding Agency:     Norwegian Churach Aid (NCA)
Project Duration:     Feb- Dec, 2018
Project Location:      District Swat

Project Goal: To build resilience of vulnerable farming community to better adapt to climate variations through adaptation strategies and actions for sustainable management of land and water resources.

Project Objective: The vulnerable farming community have successfully taken climate change adaptation measures in crop, land and water management to ensure their food security.  

Outcome 1; assessment of vulnerabilities to climate change and development of Community Adaptation Plans by the vulnerable communities at the villages level to determine their priorities regarding management of land and water resources in the wake of climate change and variability. Community will be mobilized to coordinate these plans with other organizations and line departments for implementation. Awareness sessions will be organized separately for communities, civil society and line departments on the adverse impact of climate change and adaptation approaches. Active participation of the local community, civil society organizations and government functionaries will be ensured to help the climate sensitization objective and formulation of adaptation plans and integration of adaptation options in other plans easy and implementable.

Outcome 2; is based on the capacity building of the vulnerable farming communities in adaptation practices like crop rotation, intercropping, compost making to control erosion, and enhance soil fertility. Farmer Field School Approach will be employed for improving crop management practices. Furthermore, improved drought resistant varieties will be introduced in cereals and fodder for enhancing food production on sustainable basis.

Outcome 3; consists of demonstration of innovative water retention and water storage techniques which could lead to water availability during dry spells and increase water use efficiency. The project will strengthen the adaptation and coping capacities of 25,000 people in 2 Village Councils of Kokarai ward in district Swat by providing skills and means to adapt to the climate variations for securing their food from subsistence agriculture and livestock farming.

Enabled Environment for Right based, Inclusive development & Improved Governance

Funding Agency:     Welthungerhilfe/European Union 
Project Duration:     
August 2017- August 2021

Project Location:      District Swat & District Shangla

Project Goal:

Enhancing CSOs' contributions to governance and development processes in Pakistan.

Project Purpose.:

To contribute to an improved governance and development process and social cohesion in Pakistan.

 

Specific Objectives:   

Objective 1: Enhanced contribution of Pakistani CSOs in Districts Shangla and Swat with regards to local governance, accountability, social development processes at sub national and local level.

Objective 2: Improved performance of Pakistani local governments in districts Shangla and Swat as actor of local governance and development.

Expected Results:

  •  -Systematic access to quality socio-economic empowerment services is improved /enabled.
  • - Operating environment for CSOs to contribute to local democratic governance is improved.
  • - Capacities of CSOs in policy dialogues, governance and accountability are strengthened
  • - Institutional and operational capacities of local governments to execute their mandate are improved.
  • - Downward accountability and transparency of local governance towards local communities is increased.
  • - Established mechanisms to engage local governments in dialogue with sub-national and national authorities, citizens and other relevant stakeholders (multi-level governance approach), with emphasis on transparent decision-making at local levels.

Integrated Food Security & WASH Project

Funding Agency:      Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) /BMZ/BFTW
Project Duration:     
May 2016– May 2018

Project Location:      District Swat

Project Background

LASOONA initiated “Integrated Food Security and WASH Project to strengthen the resilience of most vulnerable households and villages in 4 selected Union Councils of district Swat”.

For two years project, an integrated, holistic package of activities has been designed to contribute to building resilience of communities against natural disasters. The project is based on two distinct but interrelated components, i.e. food security and WASH. The food security component of the project will address issues including technical skills, low agriculture productivity, maximizing nutritional value and increasing family income to improve the household food security situation. The WASH component focuses on provision of water and sanitation facilities for extremely vulnerable women, men and children. It is envisaged that provision of sanitation facilities for the target beneficiaries will improve the health status of villages and will contribute to reduction of water and sanitation related diseases. The project will put efforts to curtail open defecation using Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach to create and sustain demand for hygiene promotion, which will also contribute to reduction of water borne diseases. Disaster resilient productive infrastructure built under the project will help in increasing productivity by enhancing water efficiency, improved accessibility and mitigating disaster risk.

Program for Poverty Reduction (PPR)

Funding Agency:   Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF)/Italian Development Cooperation
Project Duration:  March 2015-June 2018
Project Area:         District Swat 

Program Objectives

 Poverty reduction through the creation of sustainable conditions of social and economic development, including income and production capacity increase.

Social structure and community organizations strengthened, with increased empowerment of the local communities and increased capacity of relating with central institutions, other organizations and markets.

Effective social safety net establishment in favor of the populations’ poorest groups, women, children, old people and disables especially.

Local productive infrastructures (water infrastructures, civil and energetic works, access to markets, wells, roads, pipelines, power grids, etc…) built and functioning.

Access of local population to the basic social and health services, including education obtained.

Access to microcredit for the poorest members of the population, women especially, available.

Partner Organizations and other credit intermediaries strengthened, credit management capacity of local beneficiaries improved.

Program Components

1. Social Mobilization:

Empowering of the local populations. Establishment, support and strengthening of grassroots community- based organizations and facilitation of their grouping at higher levels (Villages and departments) and fortification of their ability to communicate with the provincial and central governments.

2. Livelihood Enhancement and Protection:

Protection of the weakest sectors of the population through the creation of social safety nets capable of responding to the most immediate basic needs.

3. Construction and improvement of Small-scale Community Infrastructures

Construction and improvement of small-scale community infrastructures such as irrigation systems, aqueducts, wells, power lines, etc.

4. Establishment of Basic health and Educational services, including primary schools and basic health units.

Project on Sustainable Solution to Food & Nutrition Insecurity-Phase II

Funding Agency:               Welthungerhilfe
Project duration:               Sept 2013- August, 2018 
Project Location:               District Swat, Shangla & Kohistan

 Project Background

 The findings of rapid nutrition assessment study both at macro and meso/micro level confirm the food and nutrition insecurity in the country as a whole and particularly the rural areas. The assessments disclose the facts that there is no single reason or sector, which could be held solely responsible for the food insecurity and malnourishment. If somewhere, there is less food then elsewhere the poor purchasing power restricting access to. Above all, the worse scenario is of utilization of the food, which is somewhere poor due to lack of facilities like safe drinking water but overwhelmingly due to extremely poor feeding and hygiene practices because of unawareness. The project is focussing on gaps identified in both macro and micro level assessment and addresses these gaps in a coherent manner where co-relating needs in various sector areas are considered in details. The proposed project is focussing on all the underlying factors of food and nutrition insecurity with approach of four dimensions of food and nutrition security predominantly linked with available natural resources.

The project is targeting people in the rural areas and particularly the families experiencing with food insecurity and under nourishment. The figures available through macro level analysis and confirmed through micro level assessments show that there is felt need to focus on food and nutrition in rural areas. 

 

Project Purpose: The Food and Nutrition Security status of most vulnerable communities in Swat, Shangla and Kohistan is improved through an Integrated approach linking Agriculture, Food and Environment to Nutrition in line with National and Provincial Strategies.

Output 1: “Food availability is increased” Improved technical knowledge, equipment and inputs are provided and used by most vulnerable farmers to increase and diversify agricultural production.
 
Output 2: “Access to food is improved” Improved technical knowledge, equipment and inputs are provided and used by most vulnerable villagers to increase and diversify Household income.
 
Output 3: “Use and Utilisation of food is improved” Target Group and stakeholders knowledge on Causes and Impact of Malnutrition is enhanced through trainings/media campaigns and used to improve food consumption habits/caring capacities and hygiene practices
 
Output 4: “Stability of the 3 FNS dimension is improved” Knowledge and management skills of village organisations are enhanced and suitable techniques are used to reduce impacts of Natural disasters/climate change through trainings provision and linkage with Government line department.
 
Output 5: “Support rural development for improved FNS” Small Scale village Infrastructures are built and used by villagers to either:
  • Increase Food availability, or
  • Increase Access to food, or
  • Improve use and utilisation of food

LASOONA affirms to be committed to the well being of masses through promoting ecologically sound developement in impoverished pockets of Pakistan in general and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and FATA in particular.