“Our village facilitators in Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese are sensitizing small farmers through distribution of information, education and communication material on hand washing, symptoms and precautionary measures,” said Amir Irfan, the program’s national coordinator for livelihood and food security.
“They are adopting hygiene measures, limiting social gatherings and spending most of the time at farms observing social distancing. The promotion of family farming is not only helping family members stuck at home during the lockdown but also reducing cost and usage of pesticides and weedicides.”
Since 2018, Caritas Pakistan has been implementing the SAFBIN program in 20 villages of Sargodha and Khushab districts, focusing on making small farm households resilient and enhancing their capacity to adapt to climate change and disaster while maintaining the ecosystem and soil health.The Catholic charity said 3,739 community partners had been reached as of September 2019. These include farmers, schoolchildren and women. About 27 percent of community partners are women.