HAI responded to unprecedented flood situation in Assam through its member organisation NEADS.
The first & the second wave of flood caused by heavy and incessant rainfall in the upper catchment area in Arunachal Pradesh (Upper Brahmaputra basin) and hills of Nagaland for many days which led to the overflow in spate of tributaries along with the rivulets of river Brahmaputra including Jhanji traversing through southern bank of the valley, extensively inundated many areas in the district of Jorhat. Flood water of these rivers created havoc especially at Jhanjimukh pocket under Koliapani development block. The wave of flood severely affected land and livelihood of people of Kumar gaon, destroying their standing crops and household livestock.
Period of Implementation: October 2016.
Implemented by: NEADS
Activities Planned & Carried Out:
Restoration support of seed for kitchen garden cultivation:
To help affected people to recover from their loses, support of vegetable seeds was provided to worst affected and marginalised men / women of Kumar gaon village of Jhanjimukh area. Total 113 farming families were supported with kitchen garden seeds like spinach, coriander, radish and beans. This support helped the beneficiary families in restoring income-generating activities and recover from loses.
Seed distribution was done on 31 October 2016, after conducting a detailed needs assessment and screening the most needs families through a consultative process. The final selection of beneficiaries was done in a village meeting.
Targeted Beneficiaries: The targeted beneficiaries are the people who are chronically affected by floods every year. They are vulnerable as they are living along the river bank areas in the Brahmaputra floodplain.
Outcome of the Support
- The NEADS team carried out a review to assess effect of the support over the beneficiary families. The findings revealed that all beneficiary families successfully produced vegetables in their backyards/ kitchen gardens. The produce was enough for their daily consumption, enrich their food basket and ensure nutritive food.
- Majority of the families could also sell their surplus produce in the local market to add to their family income.
- Although the HAI support through NEADS was extremely limited, but this small fund was judiciously used to get maximum benefits for the most marginalised families.
The support helped the families to recover from loses to some extent but to strengthen resilience of perennially vulnerable communities, adequate resources are required to complete the entire humanitarian response cycle.