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International Training Course on Addressing Household Food Security in the Context of Changing Climate and Environment
Category: Climate Change
Event Start Date : 2014-08-12
Event End Date : 2014-08-21
This course is jointly designed and organized by IIRR, WHH and RRN with special focus on international participants and South Asian country participants (i.e. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal). 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. Methodologies 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 and RRN 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. Target Participants Local and international NGO staff Government and extension personnel Researchers and faculty members who are senior managers, development planners, facilitators, trainers, resource persons, coaches/mentors Course Objectives By the end of the course, the participants shall have: Articulated the working concepts, principles, tools and interventions on food security; Increased awareness on global, national and local food issues affecting forest dwellers, smallholder farmers and fisher folks; Described strategies for the active mobilization of food security stakeholders; Identified best practices to strengthen and sustain food security projects; and Developed an action plan to improve current food security efforts or introduce new initiatives on food security. 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. When and where The course will be held at Hotel Park Village Resort Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal from 12th to 21st August 2014 with field visit at RRN’s Regional Training at Chitwan district near the popular Chitwan National Park of Nepal. Participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. The training site is an ideal environment for learning and reflection with Nepali cultural experience. A Field visit of rural and urban environments enriches the participants’ learning experience. Course participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. Course Fees and Related Terms The course fee of USD1800 includes course-related materials, field and agency visits, airport transfers, twin sharing occupancy accommodation, field and agency visits, and airport transfers. Fees do not include international airfares, laundry, and incidental expenses. A minimum pocket allowance of USD100 per week is suggested for incidental and personal expenses. Food includes three full meals and two coffee breaks. For local participants, the training fee is USD1400. Early registration discount rate is offered based on first come first.Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies. IIRR/WHH/RRN reserves the right to cancel the course 10 days before its schedule if the required quorum is not met. This will be immediately conveyed to the applicants. Course fees will be refunded in full. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS Roving workshop Highly participatory methods (simulation exercises, focus group discussions, workshops, video showing, case stories, games, etc.) Participants are active key resource persons, facilitators and learners Action planning How and when to Apply? For more information and to receive an application form, contact: Dulce Dominguez, IIRR Email: dulce.dominguez@iirr.org Sunam Thapa, Rural Reconstruction Nepal Charles Pradhan, Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) Kathmandu, Nepal Tel: 977-01-4004976, 4004988 Fax:977-01-4004508 E-mail: Charles@rrn.org.np, sunam@rrn.org.np Deadline for application: July 25, 2014
 
Location: Kathmandu and Chitwan
Contact Person: Sunam Thapa
Phone: 977-01-4004976, 4004988
Contact Email: sunam@rrn.org.np
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