DCA’s regional programme on Resilient Livelihood and Sustainable Food Security (RLSFS) in South Asia represents the second phase of our former Right to Food (RtF) programme and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programme. It is currently being implemented through various partners in Nepal, India and Bangladesh under a five year programme cycle (2013-17).
This holistic merged strategy is an attempt to address the interrelated issues of RtF, DRR and climate change adaptation through the development of a model of synergy between thematic programmes of DCA in South Asia. This could demonstrate the path for an effective integrated approach across other DCA regional offices and countries and also bring in learning for other organizations.
DCA has recognized the need of programme synergy between DRR and RtF when it comes to issues of hunger, food security and livelihood conditions that are vulnerable and at risk.
A stand-alone programme either on DRR or RtF would hardly be able to auger adequate positive changes in the lives of marginalized communities. The Hyogo Frame work for Action also promotes food security as an important factor in ensuring the resilience of communities to hazards, particularly in areas prone to droughts, floods, cyclones and other hazards that can weaken agriculture-based livelihoods. Hence, it is urgent and imperative to adhere to such guidelines to ensure sustainability of the programme.
This regional programme on RLSFS is the outcome of a wider level consultation with vulnerable communities at risk, community institutions, volunteer task forces, government, civil society organizations and their networks in all the three countries. This is done to ensure synergy between approaches to DRR and sustainable livelihood.