Speech of Ambassador of France on ‘The food security program for Nepal’
Kathmandu, 24 September 2004
As co-chairman of the Steering Committee, it is a great pleasure for me to present you the annual progress report of the Food Security Programme for Nepal (FSPN) after its first year of activity (FY 2003-2004).
This Programme is the continuation of more than 10 years of a successful cooperation between the Embassy of France and His Majesty’s ’Government of Nepal funded through the counterpart fund of the French food aid. From 1996 to 2002, the technical assistance and financial support of the government of France through the Kavre Integrated Project (KIP) enabled the renovation of the temples in the historical city of Panauti, along with urban rehabilitation and agriculture development activities in the district of Kavre,
In July 2002, die KIP project came to its end and the government of France decided to launch a new programme based on rural development and food security. In March 2003, the cabinet approved the project proposal and on 17’h, July 2003 the Embassy of France, jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), officially launched for a period of three years (2003-200G) the Food Programme Security for Nepal.
The funding of the FSPN is insured through the counterpart fund of the French food aid. The delivery in Birganj of 8,000 MT of soft wheat in December 2003, as a grant of the government of France, and its monetization an the local market through the Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) provided the required financial resources for the good operation of the Programme.
In this fiscal year, the Steering Committee of the Programme selected 11 projects of rural development in three different districts (Kavre, Makwanpur and Mustang) that were implemented by local NGOs, governmental organizations (DLSO and DADO) and French organizations. Social mobilization saving and credits, trainings, seeds support, animal health management activities of these projects, benefited to more than 5,000 food unsecured households living in remote areas.
For the coming year the Programme will continue to support these projects and its strength will increase by adding 7 new projects including one in Baitadi district to be implemented jointly with the RCIW Programme which is supported by WFP, GTZ and the Ministry of Local Development. I wish to thank all those who supported the implementation of the FSPN, especially His Majesty’s Government of Nepal in particular the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Programme Coordination Unit, the different implementing agencies (local NGOs, French organizations and governmental organizations), the leader farmers and the donors’ community.
The French Embassy looks forward to your continued support, and welcomes your valuable comments and suggestions that will help us, in the spirit of traditional friendship between our two countries, in achieving the objective of the Food security Programme for Nepal.
Ambassador of France to Nepal