Stock taking Report Nutrition Sensitive Interventions for Agricultural Sector

Authors: J. Adhikari

Vulnerabilities to food insecurity are growing in Nepal. These vulnerabilities come from various factors – namely general decline in food production or agricultural growth, food price rise, seasonality in agricultural production, higher poverty rate in the food deficit areas, changes in food habits consuming junk food, especially in urban areas, lack of income and employment opportunities, lack of effective transportation for food distribution, especially in the hills and mountains, and chronic utilization problems such as inadequate access to health services, water and sanitation. Climate change has been another dimension increasing vulnerability in food security. The adverse impacts of climate change ar also severe in areas suffering from low food production dur to dryness or other factors. For example, mid-west and far-west Nepal are more vulnerable to climate change along with Himalayan region in general.