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Supporting Livelihood

Natural disasters like floods badly affect the overall livelihood sources. People usually loose most of their assets in emergencies like floods and they are further forced to the situation where livelihood opportunities are hardly found. Agriculture and livestock is usually the major source of livelihood of majority of people living is rural areas which are also badly affected by floods. Quick revival of livelihood opportunities is always a priority at early recovery stage and a challenging task too. RWF has always been active to contribute in the revival of agricultural activities and provision of income generating opportunities in flood affected areas so that affected populations get quick opportunity for earning their bread and butter and meeting their urgent needs.
Following are the details of the livelihood support provided by RWF:

(a)Distribution of Cash Grants:
Cash grants of different types were distributed by RWF to help people meet their immediate cash needs after emergencies and re-start livelihood activities such as small enterprises and home businesses

Following are the details of cash grants distributed:

Year

District

Type of Grant

Amount(s)

Beneficiaries

Families

Members

2011

Dadu

Un-Conditional
Cash Grants

10,000/Family

2,823

19,761

Conditional Cash Grants
(Home Business)

7,000/Family
15,000/Family
20,000/Family

1,842

12,894

Small Enterprise
Cash Grants

20,000/Family

565

3,955

Total

01

03

 

5,230

36,610

(b)Distribution of Goats and Poultry

Goats and poultry birds were distributed by RWF to assist the flood affected populations for the revival of their livelihood activities. These were mainly distributed to widows, elderly women or most affected families.
Following are the details of goats distributed:

Year

District

Tehsil

# of UCS

# of Goats Distributed

Beneficiaries

Families

Members

2011

Dadu

Mehar

03

1,750

1,750

12,250

2011

Dadu

Johi

03

525

525

3,675

Total

01

02

06

2,275

2,275

15,925

Following are the details of poultry distributed:

Year

District

Tehsil

# of Birds Distributed

Beneficiaries

Families

Members

2011

Dadu

Johi

8,400

1,400

9,800

Mehar

12,000

2,000

14,000

Total

01

02

20,400

3,400

23,800

 

(c)Distribution of Trade Tools Kits:

Root Work Foundation distributed trade specific tool kits amongst the flood affected populations. The purpose was to assist the local tradesman and skilled man whose livelihood entirely depends on their daily income earned by the utilization of their skills and whose tools were usually lost or damaged during floods.
Following are the details of trade tool kits distributed:

Year

District

Tehsil

Trade / Skill

# of Kits Distributed

Beneficiaries

Families

Members

2011

Dadu

Mehar

Tailoring

550

550

3,850

Ralli Making

600

600

4,200

Electrician

50

50

350

Mason

150

150

1,050

Carpenter

100

100

700

Tyr Puncture

50

50

350

Total

01

01

06

1,500

1500

10,500

 

 

 

 

 

 


(d)Distribution of Seeds & Fertilizers:
RWF provided seasonal seeds and fertilizers to flood affected small land holders / tenants to make them able to re-start their routine crops on which their livelihood depends. The selection of seeds and fertilizers was always done in close consultation with the government agriculture department, the beneficiary community and the agriculture experts. RWF selected certified seeds for distribution and lab-tested before distributing to the community.
The size of seed and fertilizer package (KGs of seed and fertilizer) to be given to each farmer / family was decided keeping in mind the local area practices and the recommendations of the agriculture department.
Following are the details of seeds and fertilizers distributed:

Year

District

Tehsil

Type of Input Distributed

Units Distributed

Beneficiaries

Farmers/HH

Members

2011

Dadu

Mehar

Kitchen Gardening Seed

4,800

4,800

33,600

2011

Dadu

Mehar

Rice Seed & Fertilizer

3,000

3,000

21,000

2011

Dadu

Mehar

Fodder Seed & Fertilizer

2,500

2,500

17,500

2011

Dadu

Johi

Fodder Seed & Fertilizer

1,680

1,680

11,760

2010

Dadu

Mehar

Wheat Seed & Fertilizer

800

800

5,600

2010

Thatta

Sujawal

Wheat Seed & Fertilizer

400

400

2,800

2007

Jhal Magsi

Jhal Magsi

Wheat Seed

200

200

1,400

Total

03

03

03

13,380

13,380

93,600

Wheat seed and fertilizer package distributed in District Dadu and Thatta included the following inputs for (03) acres of land given to each farmer:

  • Wheat Seed               150 Kg. per farmer for 3 acres
  • DAP                             300 Kg. per farmer for 3 acres        
  • Urea                            300 Kg. per farmer for 3 acres        

 

Rice seed and fertilizer package distributed in District Dadu included the following inputs for (02) acres of land given to each farmer

  • Rice Seed                   50 Kg. per farmer for 2 acres
  • DAP                             100 Kg. per farmer for 2 acres
  • Urea                            200 Kg. per farmer for 2 acres

 

Kitchen gardening seed package included the different seasonal vegetable seeds such as green chilies, lady finger, cucumber, bitter gourd, spinach gourd, etc.

 

(e)Rehabilitation of Agricultural Land:
Floods not only destroy the millions of acres of standing crops but also badly damage the overall agro-infrastructures including agricultural lands. Thousands of acres of fertile lands also become barren / unusable able after floods. Root Work Foundation assisted flood affected small farmers and tenants to help them reclaim / rehabilitate their agriculture lands destroyed during floods. This help was provided usually in the form of tracker hours.
Following are the details of agriculture land rehabilitated:

Year

District

Tehsil

No. of Acres Rehabilitated through Tractors Hours upport

Beneficiaries

Farmers/HH

Members

2011

Dadu

Mehar

6,000 acres

3,000

21,000

2007

Jhal Magsi

Jhal Magsi

550 acres

183

1,281

Total

02

02

6,550 acres

3,183

22,281

In district Dadu, each selected farmer was provided financial support of PKR 3,200 to rehabilitate his (02) acres of land. While in district Jhal Magsi each farmer was provided tractor support of PKR 1980 to rehabilitate his  (03) acres of land.

 

(f)Rehabilitation of Water Courses:

Floods badly affect the overall agriculture infrastructure which mainly includes the water channels and water courses. Agriculture is the major source of livelihood of majority of the people in rural areas and it heavily depends on the availability of irrigation water. Therefore RWF found it essential to help flood affected people to rehabilitate their water courses in order to be able to start their cropping.

Following are the details of water courses rehabilitated:

Year

District

Tehsil

# of Water Courses Rehabilitated

2011

Dadu

Johi

32

2011

Dadu

Mehar

42

2007

Jhal Magsi

Jhal Magsi

06

Total

02

03

80

 

(g)Distribution of Farmer Tool Kits:
Small farmers / tenants heavily depend on the simple agriculture tools they possess. In addition to the other effects of floods; the tools of farmers are also lost during floods which cause them to arrange money and buy it again. To save them from spending their money for buying agriculture tools; RWF distributed farmer tool kits to the small farmers / tenants to help them rehabilitate their agriculture lands.
Following are the details of farmer tool kits distributed:

Year

District

Tehsil

# of Tool Kits Distributed

Beneficiaries

Farmers/families

Members

2010

Dadu

Mehar

2,700

2,700

18,900

Total

01

01

2,700

2,700

18,900

The farmer tool kits contained following tools:

  1. Handsaw                    - Hammer
  2. Shovel                         - Blade digger
  3. Sickle                          - Hand hoe
  4. Diggen hoe                 - Packing bag
  5. Pickaxe

 

(h)Distribution of Grain Storage Bins
Floods not only destroy the standing crops but the grains stored with farmers at their very homes. The reason is that communities in rural areas usually use traditional grain storage bins (locally called Gundi) for storing grains which is made from mud which is very vulnerable to heavy rains and minor floods. It was also learnt during various flood assessments that majority of people lost their stored grains due to the collapse / damage of traditional grain bin. Addressing this critical issue; RWF provided flood affected communities with iron-made Grain Storage Bins which has the capacity to store 700-800 Kgs of grains. 
Following are the details of grain storage bins distributed:

Year

District

Tehsil

# of UCs

# of GSBs Distributed

Beneficiaries

Farmers / families

Members

2011

Dadu

Johi

03

735

735

5,145

2011

Dadu

Mehar

03

2,100

2,100

14,700

Total

01

02

06

2,835

2,835

19,845

 

(i)Live Stock Care
Livestock greatly supplements the livelihood of people in rural areas. People heavily depending on live stock for income generation and nutrition purposes. The livestock of people such as buffalos, cows, goats, sheep etc. are usually worst victims of floods as grazing areas are coveredby water and animals get vulnerable to many diseases due to malnutrition and eventually die if flood situation prolongs. Realizing that proper and timely vaccination and de-worming can save life of animals from death and thus animals continue to be the valuable asset of people; RWF supported live stock / livelihood of people and arranged animal vaccination campaigns.
Following are the details of vaccination & de-worming campaigns:

Year

District

Tehsil

# of Camps Arranged

# 0f Villages Covered

# of Animals Benefitted

2011

Dadu

Johi

10

18

500

2011

Dadu

Mehar

18

35

900

Total

01

02

28

53

1,400

 

(k)Cash for Work
RWF provided financial support to flood affected populations through Cash for Work activities during early recovery interventions of flood emergencies. The purpose of the activity was to help people in meeting their various cash needs after the floods and at the same time support the rehabilitation of their damaged houses and community and agriculture infrastructures.
RWF has supported more than 2,500 families (17,500 family members) in three districts i.e. Thatta, Dadu and Jhal Magsi and has distributed more than PKR (12) million under cash for work. The cash for work activities also resulted in the rehabilitation of lots of community and agriculture infrastructures such as water channels were rehabilitated, rubble was removed from villages, water ponds were rehabilitated, protection bands were strengthened, shelters were constructed, animal troughs were constructed and culverts were made etc.