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PCMA - The Rice Market System in Flood Prone areas of Nepal

Tikapur & Rajapur areas, Karnali River Basin
December, 2016

The Global Zurich Flood Resilience Programme seeks to understand the role played by market systems in building resilience to floods. Within the project's outcome 2, “The impact of floods on market systems will be assessed, and strategies will be put in place to reduce market system vulnerability.” Specifically, this PCMA intended to explore the actual and potential roles that local and global markets have in building or undermining the resilience of the communities and to identify applicable interventions in the project areas of the Zurich Flood Resilience Programme in Nepal.

The PCMA therefore relied on two broad objectives:
1. Improve Practical Action’s understanding of key market systems and the role they play in DRR/resilience programming
2. Strengthen Practical Action's DRR capacity by generating recommendations (for PA and the DRR sector) to build community resilience through targeted market interventions before, during and after flooding

The four specific core questions that the PCMA aimed to explore were as follows:
1. How are local markets operating to deliver services that benefit local people?
2. How are local markets affected by floods?
3. How to make the market more resilient to floods?
4. What market-focused actions should the project support to build flood resilience?

Report authors: 
Noémie de La Brosse, Al Cunningham
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