Improving the livelihoods of vulnerable communities through water conservation technologies
Timor-Leste: Jitendra Prasad Jaiswal (Nepal) is a former UN Volunteer with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Timor-Leste. As a UNV Upland Agricultural Specialist with the Oecussi-Ambeno Community Activation Programme (OCAP), he formulated strategies for agricultural development, assisted in developing and implementing overall livelihoods development activities, provided technical advice and guidance to staff and upland farm families, and acted as liaison with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. OCAP was supported by the European Commission and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with UNOPS as the executing agency.
Jitendra introduced a wide range of soil moisture and water conservation technologies including mulching, cultivation of cover crops, contour farming, water harvesting and storage in plastic ponds, and simplified low cost drip irrigation systems. Interventions like this improved the food security and livelihoods of the poor and most vulnerable communities in the Oecussi enclave of Timor-Leste who had suffered due to years of conflict.
Currently a Livelihood Team Leader for UNDP Myanmar, Jitendra continues to work on activities related to crisis-sensitive sustainable livelihoods development and food security.
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