Deadline for submission of Full Application: 17th September 2012
The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to improve the living conditions of the social groups which continue to suffer most from the deterioration of the national socio-economic conditions. It aims at contributing to overcome persistent technical and organizational deficiencies and deficits which cause unstable production, availability, distribution and use of food by these target groups.
In line with this FSTP 2011′s Annual Work Plan, the specific objectives of this Call for Proposals are:
- • Community-based projects (See Points 1.3 & 2.1.3 below): Implementing community-based projects which will contribute to stabilizing food production and availability, to improving access to food, and to enhancing people’s nutritional status by further building and strengthening the resilience of cooperative farms, communities and households, communities and households, the diversification of production, the balanced diet, the empowerment of women and the promotion of behavioural change in nutrition.
- • Partnership projects (See Points 1.3 & 2.1.3 below): For non-Korean institutions to build the technical and institutional capacity of relevant DPRK organizations concerned with food security matters; to enable them to:
- · Initiate, or build on, contacts and best practices and lessons learned with non-Korean institutions, January , 2012
- · Update and/or upgrade their technical knowledge in order to strengthen their technical capacity to address the various structural food security issues and challenges, and
- · Further fulfill their mandate, and effectively and efficiently input in national policies which have an impact on the people’s food security situation
Such partnership projects also aim at further empowering and involving Korean technical counterparts in discussing and defining, together with donors (not only EU), what food security actions would be most appropriate to the DPRK context, and how they could better address them.
These projects therefore propose a comprehensive approach supporting three complementary subcomponents:
- · Networking
- · Technical
- · Training (including economic aspects)
- · Institutional
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) suffered serious humanitarian problems in the 1990′s, including famines and floods. The situation has been improved, mainly, thanks to foreign Humanitarian Aid and some economic adjustments introduced in 2002.
However, the food situation remains fragile. A structural shortfall in food production, and food availability and/or accessibility, affects the most vulnerable groups; and increases the overall population’s vulnerability to natural disasters such as floods due to deforestation and erosion.
The European Commission’s (EC) mandate for intervention in the DPRK is limited to Humanitarian Aid and Food Security. In 2006, further to an assessment of the humanitarian situation in DPRK, ECHO decided to phase out its activities and closed its Pyongyang-based office in mid-2008. Further to a request from DPRK authorities following the food crisis at the end of 2010, DG ECHO provided €10 million more in July 2011,targeting a population of around 650,000 vulnerable people, especially children, pregnant and lactating mothers, and the elderly in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the country. This was a one-off short-term emergency operation (relief food and therapeutic feeding) to reduce the risk of a serious upsurge of acute malnutrition.
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