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After the Earth Moved, Nepalese Planted Seeds
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Kathmandu, Nepal – After two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks rocked Nepal in 2015, many remote farming communities were left completely devastated. In a country where four out of five people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, the disasters dramatically increased the threat of food insecurity, particularly for subsistence farmers and their vulnerable families. Subsistence farmers Jetha Tamang, 53, and his wife Kaili, 50, live in a village west of Kathmandu, where the first earthquake destroyed all but 15 of the 500 houses including theirs. The couple salvaged some corrugated metal and managed to build a single- room shelter that could house them and their three youngest children. They cooked lentils and rice, or millet and roti bread over an open fire on the dirt floor. The Tamang family can’t afford to buy their own land and instead are growing crops on other people’s land in return for some of the food it produces. But because they lost one of their oxen in the disaster, and couldn’t afford to buy another, the Tamangs must work even harder, ploughing some of the fields by hand.

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Publisher:
FAO ,   (2016 )
Type / Script:
Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
EARTHQUAKES, NATURAL PHENOMENA, NATURAL DISASTER, EARTHQUAKE ZONES, AGRICULTURE, CROPS, SEEDS, FOOD SECURITY, NUTRITION, LIVESTOCK, IRRIGATION, TRAINING PROGRAMMES, FARMERS, HOUSING, HOUSEHOLDS, PRODUCTIVITY, LANDSLIDES, VEGETABLES, PRODUCTION
Thematic Group:
 FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization
Thesaurus:
04.02.02  -  Crops
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