Lakpa Sherpa/LI-BIRD

Empowering Women for Improving Livelihood Security and Building Resilience to Climate Change


Posted on: 6/29/2016

By: Lakpa Sherpa and Asharam Gurung, LI-BIRD

A hands-on training entitled 'Empowering Women for Improving Livelihood Security and Building Resilience to Climate Change', with practical demonstrations of climate smart agricultural practices and elements of adaptation to climate change was organized by LI-BIRD from 13 to 15 June 2016. The training was conducted upon cordial request of Tewa, an organization founded in 1995 right after the 'World Conference on Women in Beijing' with a vision of establishing a truly sustainable development model in overly aid dependent Nepal. 

The training was provided to 27 participants in which 20 were Tewa grantees from a cohort of 10 districts, and three women group leaders from LI-BIRD project sites including four Tewa staff members . Photo: Bibudh Dhewaju

The main objective of this training was to orient participants on changing environmental context and to empowering them on building resilience to climate change for improving livelihood security. More specifically, the training was focused on climate smart agriculture and women friendly sustainable agriculture practices in order to address the problems of changing environment and building resilience to climate change. It also aimed to see the intersections between women rights and environmental justice in the long run. 

In the first full day session, participants were oriented on the global, national and local changing environmental context and its impacts on the natural resources and livelihood. The learning was further narrowed down to climate change impact and possible women-friendly initiatives, climate smart agriculture practices to increase resilience to climate change. A case of Rupa and Begnas watershed was shared on how community can work together in benefit sharing mechanism in upstream and downstream. To bring the theoretical learning into specific and actionable practices participants were taken to observe farmers' field at Majthana, VDC. Community pond, rain water harvesting, plastic tunnel with drip irrigation, maize and ginger mix cropping, women friendly tools like corn sheller, jab planter, plastic pond etc. were the major highlights of the field visit. Pratima Kafle from Palpa reflected that ‘I am highly impressed of growing yam in sac, I can easily teach and replicate this technology and encourage my friends to do this in my village.’

Apart from the formal objective of the field visit, participants also shared rooted traditions like Chaupadi (tradition that prohibit women to stay at their home during menstruation) with local women of Majthana. Participants like Biru Bharati from Kalikot urged not to see menstruation as impurity in the name of religious belief. 

Participants observing nursery beds and drip irrigation system in a green house. Photo: Lakpa Sherpa.

Government plans, policies formulated at national and national level and how women can play role in leveraging resources was orient on the final day of the training. In addition to this government climate change policy, NAPA, LAPA was discussed with the training participants. Lalumaya Gurung, Lamjung from Mahila Apasi Sahayog Kendra who is aware of climate change policies suggested to maximize the use of local indigenous knowledge and resources for adaptation to climate change. Further she also suggested that LI-BIRD should also make revision of the LAPA document as per the changing context. 

The participants were provided a set of reading and writing materials for note taking. The key training methods included power point presentation, interactive group discussions, question answers, group exercises etc. Some sessions were also supported by video documentary show while field visits were comprised of review and reflection of field observation and sharing of learning. 

At the end of the training, participants were encouraged to share three key learnings what they will bring in actions within three months period in their community or at personal level. The lessons learnt vary by their experience, age and their work in the community however they shared many similar learnings in the training. 

District

Name of the organization

Key learnings

  Lalitpur

  Griha Sramik Sarokar 
  Samaj, Nepal

  • Impact of overpopulation in the environment
  • Simple technology like kitchen waste water collection system to reuse water for irrigation
  • Climate change fund and its utilization in the local levelKaski
   Kaski

  Jaibik-shrot    
  Samrakshyan 
  Abhiyan Jagaruk Krishi
  Samuha

  • Climate change and its impact in environment and livelihood
  • Importance of wetland
  • Tools to reduce women drudgery in agriculture
  • Mix cropping for food security

  Kalikot

  Karnali Jatibuti Utpadan  
  Sahakari Sanstha

  • Tools to reduce women drudgery in agriculture
  • Methods to use land wisely to increase the productivity
  • Information of modern agricultural tools 

  Dhading

  Didi Bahini Mahila  
  Sahakari Sanstha

  • Rain water harvesting to do offseason vegetable farming
  • Information of tools to reduce female drudgery

  Nuwakot

  Shramik Samaj Mahila  
  Samuha

  • Growing yam in sac
  • Water harvesting

  Gorkha

  Barpak Nirman Mahila
  Samuha

  • Improved shed for agriculture and women health
  • Growing of yam in sac
  • Encouraged to see LAPA documents

  Dolakha

  Maiti Manch Dolakha

  • Impact of climate change and its possible solution for livelihood
  • Ensuring local budget for women benefit

 

Urmila Shrestha facilitating 'Monitoring and Evaluation' session during the last day of the training. Photo: Bibudh Dhewaju.

Acknowledging completion of the training, Sadhana Shrestha, Executive Director of Tewa, remarked:"The grantees have all said that it was very beneficial to them and will take back the learnings and share with other members in their districts. Colleagues at Tewa have come back full of praises for the professionalism of LI-BIRD, and a note they made was the empathy, dedication and commitment of the LI-BIRD staff". Similarly, Dr. Meeta Sainju Pradhan, Director of The Mountain Institute's (TMI) Himalayan Program, said, “I cannot say how happy I am and so proud of the LI-BIRD team and its commitment to outstanding quality of work - with a heart”. 

LI-BIRD's short courses are designed based on two-decade long work experiences in agriculture, biodiversity, food security, climate change and sustainable livelihoods.